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compiler

[kuh m-pahy-ler] /kəmˈpaɪ lər/
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
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English compilour < Anglo-French; Old French compileor < Late Latin compīlātōr-. See compile, -er2
Related forms
precompiler, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for compiling-routine

compiler

/kəmˈpaɪlə/
noun
1.
a person who collects or compiles something
2.
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 Compare assembler
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Word Origin and History for compiling-routine

compiler

n.

early 14c., from Anglo-French compilour, Old French compileur "author, chronicler," from Latin 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)   
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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