1. large Old World boas
2. a soothsaying spirit or a person who is possessed by such a spirit
3. (Greek mythology) dragon killed by Apollo at Delphi
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Python \Py"thon\, n. [NL., fr. L. Python the serpent slain near
Delphi by Apollo, Gr. ?.]
1. (Zool.) Any species of very large snakes of the genus
Python, and allied genera, of the family Pythonid[ae].
They are nearly allied to the boas. Called also rock
Note: The pythons have small pelvic bones, or anal spurs, two
rows of subcaudal scales, and pitted labials. They are
found in Africa, Asia, and the East Indies.
2. A diviner by spirits. "[Manasses] observed omens, and
appointed pythons." --4 Kings xxi. 6 (Douay version).
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: large Old World boas
2: a soothsaying spirit or a person who is possessed by such a
3: (Greek mythology) dragon killed by Apollo at Delphi
The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003):
In the words of its author, ?the other scripting language? (other than
Perl, that is). Python's design is notably clean, elegant, and well
thought through; it tends to attract the sort of programmers who find Perl
grubby and exiguous. Some people revolt at its use of whitespace to define
logical structure by indentation, objecting that this harks back to the
horrible old fixed-field languages of the 1960s. Python's relationship with
Perl is rather like the BSD community's relationship to Linux ? it's
the smaller party in a (usually friendly) rivalry, but the average quality
of its developers is generally conceded to be rather higher than in the
larger community it competes with. There's a Python resource page at http:/
/www.python.org. See also Guido, BDFL.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):
1. A simple, high-level interpreted language
invented by Guido van Rossum in 1991. Python
combines ideas from ABC, C, Modula-3 and Icon. It
bridges the gap between C and shell programming, making it
suitable for rapid prototyping or as an extension language
for C applications. It is object-oriented and supports
packages, modules, classes, user-defined exceptions, a
good C interface, dynamic loading of C modules and has no
Python is available for many platforms, including Unix,
Windows, DOS, OS/2, Macintosh and Amoeba.
Latest version: 2.5, as of 2007-02-21.
Usenet newsgroup: news:comp.lang.python.
2. A compiler for CMU Common LISP. Python is
more sophisticated than other Common Lisp compilers. It
produces better code and is easier to use. The programming
environment based on the Hemlock editor is better integrated
than GNU Emacs based environments.