Babel

Babel

[bey-buhl, bab-uhl]
noun
1.
an ancient city in the land of Shinar in which the building of a tower (Tower of Babel) intended to reach heaven was begun and the confusion of the language of the people took place. Gen. 11:4–9.
2.
(usually lowercase) a confused mixture of sounds or voices.
3.
(usually lowercase) a scene of noise and confusion.

Origin:
< Hebrew Bābhel Babylon

Babelic [bey-bel-ik, ba-] , adjective


3. tumult, turmoil, uproar, bedlam, clamor.
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Babel

[bab-uhl; Russian bah-byil]
noun
Isaak Emmanuilovich [ahy-zuhk; Russian ee-sahk yi-muh-noo-yee-luh-vyich] , 1894–1941, Russian author.
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Babel1 (ˈbeɪbəl)
 
n
1.  Old Testament
 a.  Also called: Tower of Babel a tower presumptuously intended to reach from earth to heaven, the building of which was frustrated when Jehovah confused the language of the builders (Genesis 11:1--9)
 b.  the city, probably Babylon, in which this tower was supposedly built
2.  (often not capital)
 a.  a confusion of noises or voices
 b.  a scene of noise and confusion
 
[from Hebrew Bābhél, from Akkadian Bāb-ilu, literally: gate of God]

Babel2 (Russian ˈbabɪl)
 
n
Issak Emmanuilovich (iˈsak imənuˈiləvitʃ) 1894--1941, Russian short-story writer, whose works include Stories from Odessa(1924) and Red Cavalry (1926)

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Babel
capital of Babylon, late 14c., from Heb. Babhel (Gen. ix), from Akkadian bab-ilu "Gate of God" (from bab "gate" + ilu "god"). The name is a translation of Sumerian Ka-dingir. Meaning "confused medley of sounds" (1520s) is from the biblical story of the Tower of Babel.
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BABEL definition


1. A subset of ALGOL 60, with many ALGOL W extensions.
["BABEL, A New Programming Language", R.S. Scowen, Natl Phys Lab UK, Report CCU7, 1969].
2. Mentioned in The Psychology of Computer Programming, G.M. Weinberg, Van Nostrand 1971, p.241.
3. A language based on higher-order functions and first-order logic.
["Graph-Based Implementation of a Functional Logic Language", H. Kuchen et al, Proc ESOP 90, LNCS 432, Springer 1990, pp.271-290].
["Logic Programming with Functions and Predicates: The Language BABEL", Moreno-Navarro et al, J Logic Prog 12(3) (Feb 1992)].
(1994-11-28)
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