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Meaning of BABEL

Pronunciation:  'beybul, 'beybul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  (Genesis 11:1-11) a tower built by Noah's descendants (probably in Babylon) who intended it to reach up to heaven; God foiled them by confusing their language so they could no longer understand one another
  2. [n]  a confusion of voices and other sounds

BABEL is a 5 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: Tower of Babel
 See Also: Babylon, confusion, ziggurat, zikkurat, zikurat



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ba"bel\, n. [Heb. B[=a]bel, the name of the capital of
Babylonia; in Genesis associated with the idea of
1. The city and tower in the land of Shinar, where the
   confusion of languages took place.

         Therefore is the name of it called Babel. --Gen. xi.

2. Hence: A place or scene of noise and confusion; a confused
   mixture of sounds, as of voices or languages.

         That babel of strange heathen languages. --Hammond.

         The grinding babel of the street.     --R. L.

Computing Dictionary

1. A subset of algol 60, with many algol w extensions.

["BABEL, A New Programming Language", R.S. Scowen, Natl Phys Lab UK, Report CCU7, 1969].

2. Mentioned in The Psychology of Computer Programming, G.M. Weinberg, Van Nostrand 1971, p.241.

3. A language based on higher-order functions and first-order logic.

["Graph-Based Implementation of a Functional Logic Language", H. Kuchen et al, Proc ESOP 90, LNCS 432, Springer 1990, pp.271-290].

["Logic Programming with Functions and Predicates: The Language BABEL", Moreno-Navarro et al, J Logic Prog 12(3) (Feb 1992)].

 Definition:  confusion; mixture
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