Definition of Fortran in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfɔːtran/


[mass noun]
A high-level computer programming language used especially for scientific calculations.
Example sentences
  • Back in the misty, early days of computing, famed computer scientist John Backus invented a programming language called Fortran.
  • The models - actually complicated software written in a computer language called Fortran - attempt to account for everything happening in the atmosphere on a global basis.
  • We had the same arguments with high level languages with Fortran in the Sixties.


1950s: contraction of formula translation.

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