There are 2 main definitions of Algol in English:

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Algol 1

Pronunciation: /ˈalɡɒl/
Astronomy

Origin

From Arabic al ġūl 'the ghoul'.

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There are 2 main definitions of Algol in English:

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ALGOL 2

Pronunciation: /ˈalɡɒl/

noun

[mass noun]
An early high-level computer programming language devised to carry out scientific calculations.
Example sentences
  • Out of this enthusiasm for string-rewriting grew classical computer languages like Algol - 60.
  • Among his achievements in his career in industry and academia, is the development of the first commercial compiler for the programming language Algol 60.
  • He should be remembered for many things but the thing often missed is that he developed the stack model of computation which he employed in his version of Algol 60.

Origin

1950s: from algo(rithmic) + the initial letter of language.

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