source language

noun

Definition of source language

: a language which is to be translated into another language — compare target language

Examples of source language in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The team's most significant technical challenge was that Android has English as its source language. Carolina Milanesi, Forbes, 27 May 2021 In that test, GPT-Neo, an open-source language model designed with a similar architecture as OpenAI’s flagship models, outperformed GPT-3. Khari Johnson, Wired, 26 May 2021 Most taught themselves how to program in Lua, the free open source language popular on the Internet that undergirds all of Roblox's games. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, 10 Mar. 2021 Next, Microsoft unveiled Microsoft Power Fx, an open-source language based off of Microsoft Excel which the company says will enable users to express logic without the coding skills that were traditionally necessary to do so. Patrick Moorhead, Forbes, 4 Mar. 2021 That's partly because the company used Google’s free, open-source language model BERT as the foundation. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, 27 Oct. 2020 As people mix, a new language forms, and often the origins of individual words can be traced back to one of the source languages. Nicole Creanza, Scientific American, 4 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of source language

1953, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of source language was in 1953

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“Source language.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/source%20language. Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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