What does FORTRAN mean?

Definitions for FORTRANˈfɔr træn

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. FORTRAN(noun)

    a high-level programing language for mathematical and scientific purposes; stands for formula translation


  1. FORTRAN(n.)

    a higher programming language with an instruction set designed for ease of expression of mathematical functions, much used in programming of scientific and mathematical problems.

  2. Origin: [Formula Translation.]


  1. FORTRAN(ProperNoun)

    A high-level programming language developed in the 1950s for scientific, engineering and numerical computation.

  2. Fortran(ProperNoun)

    A high-level programming language developed in the 1950s for scientific, engineering and numerical computation.

  3. Origin: The name is a portmanteau of Formula Translator/Translation


  1. Fortran

    Fortran is a general-purpose, imperative programming language that is especially suited to numeric computation and scientific computing. Originally developed by IBM at their campus in south San Jose, California in the 1950s for scientific and engineering applications, Fortran came to dominate this area of programming early on and has been in continual use for over half a century in computationally intensive areas such as numerical weather prediction, finite element analysis, computational fluid dynamics, computational physics and computational chemistry. It is one of the most popular languages in the area of high-performance computing and is the language used for programs that benchmark and rank the world's fastest supercomputers. Fortran encompasses a lineage of versions, each of which evolved to add extensions to the language while usually retaining compatibility with previous versions. Successive versions have added support for structured programming and processing of character-based data, array programming, modular programming and generic programming, high performance Fortran, object-oriented programming and concurrent programming.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of FORTRAN in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of FORTRAN in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Anonymous:

    Real programmers don't write in PLI. PLI is for programmers who can't decide whether to write in COBOL or FORTRAN.

  2. Philip Greenspun:

    Greenspun's Tenth Rule of Programming: any sufficiently complicated C or Fortran program contains an ad hoc informally-specified bug-ridden slow implementation of half of Common Lisp.

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