[koh-bawl] /ˈkoʊ bɔl/
a programming language particularly suited for writing programs to process large files of data, using a vocabulary of common English words, phrases, and sentences.
a high-level computer programming language designed for general commercial use
1960, U.S. Defense Department acronym, from “Common Business-Oriented Language.”
A programming language developed in the late 1950s and early 1960s and used especially for business applications. It is closer to English than many other high-level languages, making it easier to learn.
COmmon Business Oriented Language
Common Business-Oriented Language
- Cobol-1961 extended
language A short-lived separation of COBOL specifications. [Sammet 1969, p. 339]. (1994-10-28)
- Cobol fingers
jargon /koh’bol fing’grz/ Reported from Sweden, a hypothetical disease one might get from coding in COBOL. The language requires code verbose beyond all reason (see candygrammar); thus it is alleged that programming too much in COBOL causes one’s fingers to wear down to stubs by the endless typing. [Jargon File] (1994-12-22)
[kuh-baws, -bos, koh-] /kəˈbɔs, -ˈbɒs, koʊ-/ interjection, Chiefly Northern U.S. 1. (used to summon cows from the pasture.)
[koh-buh t, -bot] /ˈkoʊ bət, -bɒt/ noun 1. a computer-controlled robotic apparatus that assists a human worker, as on an assembly line, by guiding or redirecting motions initiated by the worker who provides the motive power. noun a robot designed to assist or guide human beings on a specific task, esp. in restricted physical situation […]