# Definitions for Pascalpæˈskæl, pɑˈskɑlPas·cal

### Princeton's WordNet(5.00 / 1 vote)Rate this definition:

1. pascal, Panoun

a unit of pressure equal to one newton per square meter

2. Pascal, Blaise Pascalnoun

French mathematician and philosopher and Jansenist; invented an adding machine; contributed (with Fermat) to the theory of probability (1623-1662)

3. Pascalnoun

a programing language designed to teach programming through a top-down modular approach

### Wiktionary(4.00 / 1 vote)Rate this definition:

1. pascalnoun

In the International System of Units, the derived unit of pressure and stress; one newton per square metre. Symbol: Pa.

Etymology: Paschalis, from pascha "Easter", for birth on Easter, or in honor of a 9th century pope.

2. Pascalnoun

used in medieval England; today occasionally borrowed from French.

Etymology: Paschalis, from pascha "Easter", for birth on Easter, or in honor of a 9th century pope.

3. Pascalnoun

The French mathematician and physicist Blaise Pascal.

Etymology: Paschalis, from pascha "Easter", for birth on Easter, or in honor of a 9th century pope.

4. Pascalnoun

The Pascal programming language.

Etymology: Paschalis, from pascha "Easter", for birth on Easter, or in honor of a 9th century pope.

### Freebase(5.00 / 1 vote)Rate this definition:

1. Pascal

The pascal is the SI derived unit of pressure, internal pressure, stress, Young's modulus and tensile strength, named after the French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer, and philosopher Blaise Pascal. It is a measure of force per unit area, defined as one newton per square meter. Common multiple units of the pascal are the hectopascal, kilopascal, megapascal, and gigapascal. On Earth, standard atmospheric pressure is 101,325 Pa. Meteorological barometric pressure reports typically report atmospheric pressure in hectopascals. The kilopascal is used in other applications such as inflation guidance markings on bicycle tires. One hectopascal corresponds to about 0.1% of atmospheric pressure slightly above sea level; one kilopascal is about 1% of atmospheric pressure. One hectopascal is equivalent to one millibar; one standard atmosphere is exactly equal to 101.325 kPa or 1013.25 hPa or 101325 Pa. The corresponding Imperial unit is pounds per square inch.

### The New Hacker's Dictionary(3.00 / 2 votes)Rate this definition:

1. Pascal

An Algol-descended language designed by Niklaus Wirth on the CDC 6600 around 1967--68 as an instructional tool for elementary programming. This language, designed primarily to keep students from shooting themselves in the foot and thus extremely restrictive from a general-purpose-programming point of view, was later promoted as a general-purpose tool and, in fact, became the ancestor of a large family of languages including Modula-2 and Ada (see also bondage-and-discipline language). The hackish point of view on Pascal was probably best summed up by a devastating (and, in its deadpan way, screamingly funny) 1981 paper by Brian Kernighan (of K&R fame) entitled Why Pascal is Not My Favorite Programming Language, which was turned down by the technical journals but circulated widely via photocopies. It was eventually published in Comparing and Assessing Programming Languages, edited by Alan Feuer and Narain Gehani (Prentice-Hall, 1984). Part of his discussion is worth repeating here, because its criticisms are still apposite to Pascal itself after many years of improvement and could also stand as an indictment of many other bondage-and-discipline languages. (The entire essay is available at http://www.lysator.liu./definition/bwk-on-pascal.) At the end of a summary of the case against Pascal, Kernighan wrote:9. There is no escapeThis last point is perhaps the most important. The language is inadequate but circumscribed, because there is no way to escape its limitations. There are no casts to disable the type-checking when necessary. There is no way to replace the defective run-time environment with a sensible one, unless one controls the compiler that defines the “standard procedures”. The language is closed.People who use Pascal for serious programming fall into a fatal trap. Because the language is impotent, it must be extended. But each group extends Pascal in its own direction, to make it look like whatever language they really want. Extensions for separate compilation, FORTRAN-like COMMON, string data types, internal static variables, initialization, octal numbers, bit operators, etc., all add to the utility of the language for one group but destroy its portability to others.I feel that it is a mistake to use Pascal for anything much beyond its original target. In its pure form, Pascal is a toy language, suitable for teaching but not for real programming.Pascal has since been entirely displaced (mainly by C) from the niches it had acquired in serious applications and systems programming, and from its role as a teaching language by Java.

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### Numerology

1. Chaldean Numerology

The numerical value of Pascal in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

2. Pythagorean Numerology

The numerical value of Pascal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

### Examples of Pascal in a Sentence

1. Strong demand for our new Pascal-generation GPUs and surging interest in deep learning drove record results.

2. In retrospect, all these exercises in self-gratification seem pure fantasy, what Pascal called, licking the earth.

3. Blaise Pascal used to mark with charcoal the walls of his playroom, seeking a means of making a circle perfectly round and a triangle whose sides and angle were all equal. He discovered these things for himself and then began to seek the relationship which existed between them. He did not know any mathematical terms and so he made up his own. Using these names he made axioms and finally developed perfect demonstrations, until he had come to the thirty-second proposition of Euclid.

4. Amy Pascal FaceTimed me earlier. I was in the bath, and we had a lovely FaceTime, but I will be playing Fred Astaire.

5. Pascal keeps your hand tied. C gives you enough rope to hang yourself.

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## Translations for Pascal

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