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ˈæl gɒl, -gɔlal·gol

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Algolnoun

    the second brightest star in Perseus; the first known eclipsing binary

  2. ALGOLnoun

    (from a combination of ALGOrithmic and Language); a programming language used to express computer programs as algorithms


  1. Algolnoun

    An eclipsing binary star in the constellation of Perseus; Beta (u03B2) Persei. It represents the eye of Medusa, whose head is being held by Perseus.

  2. ALGOLnoun

    A high-level programming language mostly used for solving mathematical and scientific problems.

  3. Etymology: From غول.


  1. ALGOL

    ALGOL (; short for "Algorithmic Language") is a family of imperative computer programming languages originally developed in 1958. ALGOL heavily influenced many other languages and was the standard method for algorithm description used by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) in textbooks and academic sources for more than thirty years.In the sense that the syntax of most modern languages is "Algol-like", it was arguably more influential than three other high-level programming languages among which it was roughly contemporary: FORTRAN, Lisp, and COBOL. It was designed to avoid some of the perceived problems with FORTRAN and eventually gave rise to many other programming languages, including PL/I, Simula, BCPL, B, Pascal, and C. ALGOL introduced code blocks and the begin...end pairs for delimiting them. It was also the first language implementing nested function definitions with lexical scope. Moreover, it was the first programming language which gave detailed attention to formal language definition and through the Algol 60 Report introduced Backus–Naur form, a principal formal grammar notation for language design.


  1. algol

    ALGOL, short for ALGOrithmic Language, is a family of high-level programming languages that was primarily used in scientific computing. It was developed in the mid-1950s and it greatly influenced many other languages, including Pascal, Java, C++, and JavaScript. It is known for its clear, logical, and structured syntax, which made it easy to use and understand. However, due to its complex structure, it is no longer widely used in programming.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Algolnoun

    a fixed star, in Medusa's head, in the constellation Perseus, remarkable for its periodic variation in brightness

  2. Etymology: [Ar. al-ghl destruction, calamity, fr. ghla to take suddenly, destroy.]


  1. Algol

    Algol, known colloquially as the Demon Star, is a bright star in the constellation Perseus. It is one of the best known eclipsing binaries, the first such star to be discovered, and also one of the first variable stars to be discovered. Algol is actually a three-star system in which the large and bright primary Beta Persei A is regularly eclipsed by the dimmer Beta Persei B. Thus, Algol's magnitude is usually near-constant at 2.1, but regularly dips to 3.4 every two days, 20 hours and 49 minutes during the roughly 10-hour long partial eclipses. There is also a secondary eclipse when the brighter star occults the fainter secondary. This secondary eclipse can only be detected photoelectrically. Algol gives its name to its class of eclipsing variable, known as Algol variables.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. algol

    A wonderful variable star in Perseus, which goes through its changes in about two days and twenty-one hours.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ALGOL in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ALGOL in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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