source code


: a computer program in its original programming language (such as FORTRAN or C) before translation into object code usually by a compiler

Examples of source code in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But last month, the company disclosed that Midnight Blizzard also accessed Microsoft’s source code repositories after pilfering the corporate emails. Michael Kan, PCMAG, 11 Apr. 2024 The defense also contended that Chai had utilized the Terraform blockchain, and argued that the SEC could not prove otherwise without access to the Chai source code. Joel Khalili, WIRED, 5 Apr. 2024 To further complicate matters, companies often don't have access to the source code of legacy apps, which is needed to rewrite them. Eric Olden, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 TikTok is valued at approximately $100 billion according to Wedbush Securities, but just $40 billion without the source code. CBS News, 17 Mar. 2024 That initial intrusion also led to some of Microsoft’s source code being stolen, with Microsoft admitting recently that the group accessed the company’s source code repositories and internal systems. Tom Warren, The Verge, 3 Apr. 2024 Permits are individually numbered and include detailed information about the shipment, including a source code, which says whether the animal was bred in captivity or taken from the wild — a critical distinction. Jay Weaver, Miami Herald, 25 Mar. 2024 And in April of 1993, the source code for the World Wide Web was released into the public domain, allowing people to more easily access the internet. Brent Lang, Variety, 6 Mar. 2024 Balazs was an athlete who competed in sports like football and basketball but equally enjoyed learning how to source code from physical magazines in his parents’ basement in Ohio. John Kell, Fortune, 13 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1965, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of source code was in 1965

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“Source code.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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