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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (1)

1. (computer science) a language designed for programming computers;
[syn: programming language, programing language]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Language \Lan"guage\, n. [OE. langage, F. langage, fr. L. lingua the tongue, hence speech, language; akin to E. tongue. See Tongue, cf. Lingual.] [1913 Webster] 1. Any means of conveying or communicating ideas; specifically, human speech; the expression of ideas by the voice; sounds, expressive of thought, articulated by the organs of the throat and mouth. [1913 Webster] Note: Language consists in the oral utterance of sounds which usage has made the representatives of ideas. When two or more persons customarily annex the same sounds to the same ideas, the expression of these sounds by one person communicates his ideas to another. This is the primary sense of language, the use of which is to communicate the thoughts of one person to another through the organs of hearing. Articulate sounds are represented to the eye by letters, marks, or characters, which form words. [1913 Webster] 2. The expression of ideas by writing, or any other instrumentality. [1913 Webster] 3. The forms of speech, or the methods of expressing ideas, peculiar to a particular nation. [1913 Webster] 4. The characteristic mode of arranging words, peculiar to an individual speaker or writer; manner of expression; style. [1913 Webster] Others for language all their care express. --Pope. [1913 Webster] 5. The inarticulate sounds by which animals inferior to man express their feelings or their wants. [1913 Webster] 6. The suggestion, by objects, actions, or conditions, of ideas associated therewith; as, the language of flowers. [1913 Webster] There was . . . language in their very gesture. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 7. The vocabulary and phraseology belonging to an art or department of knowledge; as, medical language; the language of chemistry or theology. [1913 Webster] 8. A race, as distinguished by its speech. [R.] [1913 Webster] All the people, the nations, and the languages, fell down and worshiped the golden image. --Dan. iii. 7. [1913 Webster] 9. Any system of symbols created for the purpose of communicating ideas, emotions, commands, etc., between sentient agents. [PJC] 10. Specifically: (computers) Any set of symbols and the rules for combining them which are used to specify to a computer the actions that it is to take; also referred to as a computer lanugage or programming language; as, JAVA is a new and flexible high-level language which has achieved popularity very rapidly. [PJC] Note: Computer languages are classed a low-level if each instruction specifies only one operation of the computer, or high-level if each instruction may specify a complex combination of operations. Machine language and assembly language are low-level computer languages. FORTRAN, COBOL and C are high-level computer languages. Other computer languages, such as JAVA, allow even more complex combinations of low-level operations to be performed with a single command. Many programs, such as databases, are supplied with special languages adapted to manipulate the objects of concern for that specific program. These are also high-level languages. [PJC] Language master, a teacher of languages. [Obs.] Syn: Speech; tongue; idiom; dialect; phraseology; diction; discourse; conversation; talk. Usage: Language, Speech, Tongue, Idiom, Dialect. Language is generic, denoting, in its most extended use, any mode of conveying ideas; speech is the language of articulate sounds; tongue is the Anglo-Saxon term for language, esp. for spoken language; as, the English tongue. Idiom denotes the forms of construction peculiar to a particular language; dialects are varieties of expression which spring up in different parts of a country among people speaking substantially the same language. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

programming language n 1: (computer science) a language designed for programming computers [syn: programming language, programing language]
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):

programming language computer language A formal language in which computer programs are written. The definition of a particular language consists of both syntax (how the various symbols of the language may be combined) and semantics (the meaning of the language constructs). Languages are classified as low level if they are close to machine code and high level if each language statement corresponds to many machine code instructions (though this could also apply to a low level language with extensive use of macros, in which case it would be debatable whether it still counted as low level). A roughly parallel classification is the description as first generation language through to fifth generation language. The other major classification of languages distinguishes between imperative languages, procedural language and declarative languages. Programming languages in this dictionary (/contents/language.html). Programming languages time-line/family tree (http://levenez.com/lang/history.html). (2004-05-17)