1. [syn: built-in, constitutional, inbuilt, inherent, integral]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: existing as an essential constituent or characteristic;
"the Ptolemaic system with its built-in concept of
periodicity"; "a constitutional inability to tell the
truth" [syn: built-in, constitutional, inbuilt,
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):
(Or "primitive") A built-in function or operator is one
provided by the lowest level of a language implementation.
This usually means it is not possible (or efficient) to
express it in the language itself. Typical examples are the
basic arithmetic and Boolean operators (in C syntax: +, -,
*, /, %, !, &&, ||), bit manipulation operators (~, &, |, ^)
and I/O primitives. Other common functions may be provided in
libraries but are not built-in if they are written in the
language being implemented.