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c.1500 (implied in pirled) “to twist, wind” (thread, etc.), of unknown origin. Related: Pirling.

Pattern Information Retrieval Language.
A language for digraph manipulation, embeddable in Fortran or ALGOL, for IBM 7094.
[“PIRL – Pattern Information Retrieval Language”, S. Berkowitz, Naval Ship Res Dev Ctr, Wash DC].


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