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Algol

[al-gol, -gawl] /ˈæl gɒl, -gɔl/
noun
1.
a star of the second magnitude in the constellation Perseus: the first known and most famous eclipsing binary star.
Also called Demon Star.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Arabic, equivalent to al the + ghūl ghoul; as translation of Greek (Ptolemy) gorgónion the head of the Gorgon Medusa, held by Perseus

ALGOL

[al-gol, -gawl] /ˈæl gɒl, -gɔl/
Computers.
1.
a computer language in which information is expressed in algebraic notation and according to the rules of Boolean algebra.
Origin
1955-60; algo(rithmic) l(anguage)
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British Dictionary definitions for Algol

Algol1

/ˈælɡɒl/
noun
1.
the second brightest star in Perseus, the first known eclipsing binary. Visual magnitude: 2.2–3.5; period: 68.8 hours; spectral type (brighter component): B8V
Word Origin
C14: from Arabic al ghūl the ghoul

Algol2

/ˈælɡɒl/
noun
1.
a computer programming language designed for mathematical and scientific purposes; a high-level language
Word Origin
C20 alg(orithmic) o(riented) l(anguage)
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Word Origin and History for Algol

Beta Persei, variable star in the constellation Perseus, late 14c., literally "the Demon," from Arabic al-ghul "the demon" (see ghoul). It corresponds, in modern representations of the constellation, to the gorgon's head Perseus is holding, but it probably was so called because it visibly varies in brightness every three days, which sets it apart from other bright stars. The computer language (1959) is a contraction of algo(rithmic) l(anguage); see algorithm.

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Related Abbreviations for Algol

ALGOL

Algorithmic-Oriented Language
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