compiler

[kuhm-pahy-ler]
noun
1.
a person who compiles.
2.
Also called compiling routine. Computers. a computer program that translates a program written in a high-level language into another language, usually machine language. Compare interpreter ( def 3a ).

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English compilour < Anglo-French; Old French compileor < Late Latin compīlātōr-. See compile, -er2

precompiler, noun
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compiler (kəmˈpaɪlə)
 
n
1.  a person who collects or compiles something
2.  Compare assembler a computer program by which a high-level programming language, such as COBOL or FORTRAN, is converted into machine language that can be acted upon by a computer

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compiler
early 14c., from Anglo-Fr. compilour, O.Fr. compileur, from L. compilatorem, agent noun from compilare (see compile). Another form of the word current in early Modern English was compilator, directly from the Latin.
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compiler   (kəm-pī'lər)  Pronunciation Key 
A computer program associated with certain programming languages that converts the instructions written in those languages into machine code that can later be executed directly by a computer. See more at programming language.
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compiler definition

programming, tool
A program that converts another program from some source language (or programming language) to machine language (object code). Some compilers output assembly language which is then converted to machine language by a separate assembler.
A compiler is distinguished from an assembler by the fact that each input statement does not, in general, correspond to a single machine instruction or fixed sequence of instructions. A compiler may support such features as automatic allocation of variables, arbitrary arithmetic expressions, control structures such as FOR and WHILE loops, variable scope, input/ouput operations, higher-order functions and portability of source code.
AUTOCODER, written in 1952, was possibly the first primitive compiler. Laning and Zierler's compiler, written in 1953-1954, was possibly the first true working algebraic compiler.
See also byte-code compiler, native compiler, optimising compiler.
(1994-11-07)
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Example sentences
Not as a reference manager and bibliography compiler.
When the index was finished, it was a miserly thing-hastily done, fully
  advertising the reluctance of its compiler.
C++ relies on the traditional architecture plus compiler techniques for
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The compiler often offers other clues to a malware sample's origin.
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