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Princeton's WordNet

  1. source codenoun

    program instructions written as an ASCII text file; must be translated by a compiler or interpreter or assembler into the object code for a particular computer before execution


  1. source codenoun

    Human-readable instructions in a programming language, to be transformed into machine instructions by a compiler, assembler or other translator, or to be carried out directly by an interpreter.


  1. Source code

    In computer science, source code is any collection of computer instructions written using some human-readable computer language, usually as text. The source code of a program is specially designed to facilitate the work of computer programmers, who specify the actions to be performed by a computer mostly by writing source code. The source code is often transformed by a compiler program into low-level machine code understood by the computer. The machine code might then be stored for execution at a later time. Alternatively, an interpreter can be used to analyze and perform the effects of the source code program directly on the fly. Most computer applications are distributed in a form that includes executable files, but not their source code. If the source code were included, it would be useful to a user, programmer, or system administrator, who may wish to modify the program or understand how it works. Aside of its machine-readable forms, source code also appears in books and other media; often in the form of small code snippets, but occasionally complete code bases; a well-known case is the source code of PGP.

Editors Contribution

  1. source code

    A form of code written to create software, technology or computer program.

    The are some organizations in the world that share their source code to ensure there are accessible software that all humans have access to.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 23, 2021  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of source code in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of source code in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of source code in a Sentence

  1. Sarah Zatko:

    Source code is the theory, while binary is the practice. It makes a huge difference in how secure the actual product is.

  2. Graham Cluley:

    Every single victim of the love bug got a copy of the love bug's code, the actual source code, so it was simple to write an antidote. It was no more complex than any of the other thousands and thousands of viruses we'd seen that day. But of course, this one was particularly successful at spreading itself.

  3. Brett Callow:

    Source code could, theoretically, be copied by other developers or used to create hacks for games, anytime source code gets leaked it's not good.

  4. Ekram Ahmed:

    Anytime source code gets leaked it's not good, hackers can comb through the code, identify deeper flaws for exploit, and sell that previous code on the dark web to malicious threat actors.

  5. Ken Thompson:

    SCCS is the source-code motel -- your code checks in but it never checks out.

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