: a sequence of coded instructions that can be inserted into a mechanism (such as a computer)
dated: a complete plan for solving a problem by the use of a mechanism (such as a computer) that includes both instructions to be inserted into the mechanism and plans for human activities such as interpreting output
: the genes or sequences of DNA or RNA that are part of an organism or cell and encode or determine a process, trait, or behavior
… a mouse in which a tiny but crucial bit of the genetic program has been eliminated. Bruce Fellman
also: a process, trait, or behavior determined by or as if by the genetic material of an organism
Orb webs are marvels of geometry and construction. They are built according to a complex behavioral program, which is highly flexible in some respects and very precise in others. Michael H. Robinson
a program of regular dental checkups
the program will tell us the scheduled order of musical numbers Verb
He programmed the computer to calculate his monthly expenses and earnings.
She is learning how to program in school.
Can you help me program my cell phone?
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Landen King appears set to remain at Auburn to play for the program’s next head coach.
Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, 22 Nov. 2022 The Biden administration last month launched an online application for the program.
Andrew Restuccia, WSJ, 22 Nov. 2022 The lawsuit was viewed with skepticism by Kade Crockford, director of the Technology for Liberty program at the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts.
Hiawatha Bray, BostonGlobe.com, 22 Nov. 2022 That's some tough sledding for a program seeking Kenny Payne's first victory.
Jake Adams, The Courier-Journal, 22 Nov. 2022 The three-time Pro Bowler's Homes for the Holidays program has helped provide furnishing for more than 200 homes and approximately $1 million in down payments while serving more than 450 single parents and children.Arkansas Online, 21 Nov. 2022 Special teams coordinator Lyndon Johnson will serve as the interim coach, and a national search for the program’s fifth coach begins immediately.
Edward Lee, Baltimore Sun, 21 Nov. 2022 For that program, Lidiya Yankovskaya was the evening’s respectful conductor.
Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, 21 Nov. 2022 Stanford beat South Carolina 56-55 in the 2021 national semifinal before edging Arizona 54-53 for the program’s first title since 1992.
Janie Mccauley, ajc, 20 Nov. 2022
By using LEGOs, kids can build and program a robot using basic coding principles.
Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, 18 Nov. 2022 For the competition, 10 mechanical, electrical and computer engineering students will design and program a rocket that may soar up to an altitude of 6,000 feet and then land successfully, simulating potential exploration rockets on Mars.
Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, 17 Nov. 2022 Users must program their commands using a Windows PC, but afterward will be able to connect the system to other operating systems in the same way that standard mice and keyboards can be, Ms. Michel said.
Katie Deighton, WSJ, 11 May 2022 As Festivals Director, Tuttle helped guide the BFI festivals program through the COVID pandemic.
Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Oct. 2022 The work is akin to developing software: Once the genetic code of the flu strain in circulation is sequenced, researchers can use that code to program mRNA to mobilize a person’s immune defenses against the virus.
Felicia Schwartz, WSJ, 4 Feb. 2022 Kids can program the droids to embark on 40 different missions.
Paige Szmodis, Popular Mechanics, 6 Oct. 2022 Users can also program new systems to continuously monitor occupants on-site to improve safety, security and efficiency.
Usman Shuja, Forbes, 18 May 2022 Small-caliber, rapid-fire cannons such as the XM813 Bushmaster chain gun (above) can electronically program their 30-millimeter rounds to explode over foxholes, peppering those inside with lethal shrapnel.
Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 5 Oct. 2022 See More
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French programme agenda, public notice, from Greek programma, from prographein to write before, from pro- before + graphein to write — more at carve