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Meaning of FORTRAN

Pronunciation:  'fortran

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  FORmula TRANslation; high-level programing language for mathematical and scientific purposes

FORTRAN is a 7 letter word that starts with F.


 See Also: algebraic language



Computing Dictionary

(Formula Translation) The first and, for a long time, the most widely used programming language for numerical and scientific applications. The original versions lacked recursive procedures and block structure and had a line-oriented syntax in which certain columns had special significance.

There have been a great many versions.

The name is often written "FORTRAN", harking back to the days before computers were taught about lower case, but ansi decreed, in about 1985 via the ANSI fortran Technical Committee tc, that it should be "Fortran".

See also: fortrash.