com·​pil·​er | \ kəm-ˈpī-lər How to pronounce compiler (audio) \

Definition of compiler

1 : one that compiles
2 : a computer program that translates an entire set of instructions written in a higher-level symbolic language (such as C) into machine language before the instructions can be executed

Examples of compiler in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Also, reports the charts compiler, ABBA notches a 58th total week at No. 1 on the Official U.K. Albums Chart, an effort bettered by only two other acts in history: The Beatles and Elvis Presley. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 14 Nov. 2021 Voyage leads the Official Chart Update and is already the fastest-selling physical release and biggest first-week pure sales (physical and digital) of the year to date, according to the charts compiler. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 8 Nov. 2021 In the first three days of its release, according to the charts compiler, Dave’s sophomore LP has already eclipsed the week one sales tally of his 2019 debut Psychodrama, and it’s on track to post one of 2021’s biggest opening weeks. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 26 July 2021 There is some optimization here that is transparent to the user, in which the Neuron compiler converts 32-bit floating-point to Bfloat16 to preserve precision while improving performance under TensorFlow and PyTorch. Karl Freund, Forbes, 8 June 2021 According to the charts compiler, 78% of Queen’s final total during the week was made up of physical sales (vinyl, CD and cassette) with Greatest Hits the best-selling vinyl album of the chart week. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 11 July 2021 Perhaps more importantly, the compiler's tight integration and the hardware produce deterministic results and performance, eliminating the time-consuming profiling usually required. Karl Freund, Forbes, 25 Feb. 2021 In addition, their software stack tightly integrates the IBM compiler tool-chain, DEEPTOOLS, in order to optimize the performance. Kevin Krewell, Forbes, 19 May 2021 Its performance is affected by the overall interaction of such things as the number of qubits, connectivity of qubits, gate fidelity, cross talk, circuit compiler efficiency, and other features that affect a quantum computer. Paul Smith-goodson, Forbes, 9 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of compiler

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Compiler.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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