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high-lev·el lan·guage

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. high-level languagenoun

    a problem-oriented language requiring little knowledge of the computer on which it will be run


  1. high-level languagenoun

    A programming language, requiring a compiler to translate into a form a particular machine understands, focusing on user-friendly code development by automating core tasks such as accessing memory.


  1. high-level language

    In computer science, a high-level programming language is a programming language with strong abstraction from the details of the computer. In contrast to low-level programming languages, it may use natural language elements, be easier to use, or may automate (or even hide entirely) significant areas of computing systems (e.g. memory management), making the process of developing a program simpler and more understandable than when using a lower-level language. The amount of abstraction provided defines how "high-level" a programming language is.In the 1960s, a high-level programming language using a compiler was commonly called an autocode. Examples of autocodes are COBOL and Fortran.The first high-level programming language designed for computers was Plankalkül, created by Konrad Zuse. However, it was not implemented in his time, and his original contributions were largely isolated from other developments due to World War II, aside from the language's influence on the "Superplan" language by Heinz Rutishauser and also to some degree ALGOL. The first significantly widespread high-level language was Fortran, a machine-independent development of IBM's earlier Autocode systems. The ALGOL family, with ALGOL 58 defined in 1958 and ALGOL 60 defined in 1960 by committees of European and American computer scientists, introduced recursion as well as nested functions under lexical scope. ALGOL 60 was also the first language with a clear distinction between value and name-parameters and their corresponding semantics. ALGOL also introduced several structured programming concepts, such as the while-do and if-then-else constructs and its syntax was the first to be described in formal notation – Backus–Naur form (BNF). During roughly the same period, COBOL introduced records (also called structs) and Lisp introduced a fully general lambda abstraction in a programming language for the first time.


  1. high-level language

    High-level language refers to a type of programming language that is more user-friendly, easier to understand and write than low-level languages such as assembly or machine language. High-level languages use human-readable syntaxes, are more abstract and farther from machine language. Examples include Python, Java, C++, C#, JavaScript, etc. They are generally easier to learn and use as they often use English language keywords and have fewer rules and restrictions. They are translated into machine code using compilers or interpreters.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of high-level language in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of high-level language in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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