pro·gram·mer | \ˈprō-ˌgra-mər, -grə-\
variants: or less commonly programer

Definition of programmer 

: one that programs: such as

a : a person who prepares and tests programs for devices (such as computers)

b : one that programs a mechanism

c : one that prepares an instructional program

d : a person who plans or prepares entertainment programs a television programmer

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Many tech companies rely on H1-B visas in order to bring programmers and other specialist workers into this country. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, "The Tech Industry Is Fighting Trump—and Mostly Losing," 27 June 2018 At a time when computers — the main arena then for programmers working to build games — could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars apiece, Mr. Dabney spurned them altogether. Nellie Bowles,, "Ted Dabney, an Atari founder, Pong creator, dies at 81," 1 June 2018 While the significance of Emmy Awards is somewhat limited to bragging rights and scoring points with the creative community, the end of HBO’s streak comes at a pivotal time in the programmer’s history. John Jurgensen, WSJ, "Netflix Topples HBO in Emmy Nominations," 12 July 2018 When calculating that percentage of the subscriber base, almost all programmers exclude subscribers who receive only a basic tier consisting primarily of broadcast channels, the ACA also said. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Comcast accused of demanding $3.5 million “punitive ransom” from rival," 2 Feb. 2018 Several songs broached topics that are exceptionally touchy for many in country’s predominantly white, rural audience, and even more fearsome for radio programmers who try to avoid controversy at all costs. Randy Lewis,, "‘I can’t stay completely silent’: Country music’s Jason Isbell looks inward in examining a ‘White Man’s World’," 29 June 2018 While hackathons are usually reserved for computer programmers, this dayslong sprint will also draw on the expertise of local mental health experts and community leaders, parents, analysts and entrepreneurs. Rebecca Lurye, Courant Community, "Hackathon To Shape Hartford's Plan To Aid Traumatized Youth," 22 June 2018 For programmers there's no way to measure what an Emmy campaign yields in terms of nominations and awards. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "Zach Galifianakis serves Arby's? The insane explosion of Emmy campaigning," 6 June 2018 At a time when computers — the main arena then for programmers working to build games — could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars apiece, Dabney spurned them altogether. Matt Campbell, kansascity, "In memoriam through June 1: ‘Pong’ game creator, political prankster who got Nixon," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of programmer

1875, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of programmer

: a person who creates computer programs


pro·gram·mer | \ˈprō-ˌgra-mər, -grə-\

Kids Definition of programmer

: a person who creates and tests programs for computers

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to reject or criticize sharply

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