noun (plural macros)
1 (also macro instruction) Computing A single instruction that expands automatically into a set of instructions to perform a particular task.
- The entire analysis is performed by a single macro in an Excel worksheet.
- Another type of virus, known as a ‘macro’ virus, can infect word processing and spreadsheet documents that use macros.
- Overseas, ‘we were relying on Excel spreadsheets with macros for currency conversion, and a lot of people stapling receipts to reports.’
1Large-scale; overall: the analysis of social events at the macro level Often contrasted with micro.
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- To the extent that it actually boosts consumption at the expense of investment and the foreign trade balance, the net result from a macro perspective is overall impoverishment.
- In an economy in which the overall macro variable of real income is fixed or cyclical but individual shares are stochastic, a noninflationary equilibrium exists.
- In reality, the gap between subatomic quantum effects and large-scale macro systems is too large to bridge.
2 Photography Relating to or used in macrophotography.
- For more serious work, a macro lens or a zoom with a macro feature offers superior quality.
- Fossils were initially photographed in color using a Nikon 995 digital camera in macro mode at a fine JPEG setting.
- If you're into macro photography, keep your lens caps off and your strobes charged.
Independent usage of macro-.
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