[fawr-tran] /ˈfɔr træn/

noun, Computers.
a high-level programming language used mainly for solving problems in science and engineering.
a high-level computer programming language for mathematical and scientific purposes, designed to facilitate and speed up the solving of complex problems

computer programming language, 1956, from combination of elements from formula + translation.
(Formula Translation) The first and, for a long time, the most widely used programming language for numerical and scientific applications. The original versions lacked recursive procedures and block structure and had a line-oriented syntax in which certain columns had special significance.
There have been a great many versions.
The name is often written “FORTRAN”, harking back to the days before computers were taught about lower case, but ANSI decreed, in about 1985 via the ANSI FORTRAN Technical Committee TC, that it should be “Fortran”.
See also: Fortrash.
[Was Fortran I the first version?]
formula translator (programming language)


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