American Broadcasting Companies: a television and radio network
atomic, biological, and chemical: ABC warfare.
Advance Booking Charter.
noun (used with a plural verb)
the basic skills of spelling
, reading, and writing: learning the ABC's in the early grades of school.
3. Also, ABC.
the basic or elementary facts, principles, etc., of a subject: the ABC's of electricity.
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|1. ||(plural in US) the rudiments of a subject|
|2. ||an alphabetical guide to a subject|
|3. ||(often plural in US) the alphabet|
|—abbreviation for |
|1. ||(formerly, of weapons or warfare) atomic, biological, and chemical|
|2. ||Australian Broadcasting Corporation|
|3. ||American Broadcasting Company|
|4. ||Audit Bureau of Circulation|
|5. ||(Austral) Australian-born Chinese: a person with Chinese parents, born and raised in Australia|
|6. ||(US) American-born Chinese: a person with Chinese parents, born and raised in the US|
|7. ||(Brit) acceptable behaviour contract: a voluntary written agreement between someone who has been involved in anti-social behaviour and a local agency such as a housing association, council, or police|
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1. Atanasoff-Berry Computer.
2. An imperative language and programming environment from CWI, Netherlands. It is interactive, structured, high-level, and easy to learn and use. It is a general-purpose language which you might use instead of BASIC, Pascal or AWK. It is not a systems-programming language but is good for teaching or prototyping.
ABC has only five data types that can easily be combined; strong typing, yet without declarations; data limited only by memory; refinements to support top-down programming; nesting by indentation. Programs are typically around a quarter the size of the equivalent Pascal or C program, and more readable.
ABC includes a programming environment with syntax-directed editing, suggestions, persistent variables and multiple workspaces and infinite precision arithmetic.
An example function words to collect the set of all words in a document:
HOW TO RETURN words document: PUT IN collection FOR line in document: FOR word IN split line: IF word not.in collection: INSERT word IN collection RETURN collection
Interpreter/compiler, version 1.04.01, by Leo Geurts, Lambert Meertens, Steven Pemberton . ABC has been ported to Unix, MS-DOS, Atari, Macintosh.
FTP eu.net (ftp://ftp.eu.net/programming/languages/abc), FTP nluug.nl (ftp://ftp.nluug.nl/programming/languages/abc), FTP uunet (ftp://ftp.uu.net/languages/abc).
Mailing list: .
["The ABC Programmer's Handbook" by Leo Geurts, Lambert Meertens and Steven Pemberton, published by Prentice-Hall (ISBN 0-13-000027-2)].
["An Alternative Simple Language and Environment for PCs" by Steven Pemberton, IEEE Software, Vol. 4, No. 1, January 1987, pp. 56-64.]
2. Argument, Basic value, C?.
An abstract machine for implementation of functional languages and its intermediate code.
[P. Koopman, "Functional Programs as Executable Specifications", 1990].
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American Broadcasting Company
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