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high-level language

noun, Computers.
1.
a problem-oriented programming language, as COBOL, FORTRAN, or PL/1, that uses English-like statements and symbols to create sequences of computer instructions and identify memory locations, rather than the machine-specific individual instruction codes and numerical addresses employed by machine language.
Origin
1965-1970
1965-70
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  • The source code is then grouped into processable units and all high-level language units are compiled into object code.
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high-level language

noun
1.
a computer programming language that resembles natural language or mathematical notation and is designed to reflect the requirements of a problem; examples include Ada, BASIC, C, COBOL, FORTRAN, Pascal See also machine code
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high-level language in Technology


(HLL) A programming language which provides some level of abstraction above assembly language. These normally use statements consisting of English-like keywords such as "FOR", "PRINT" or "GOTO", where each statement corresponds to several machine language instructions. It is much easier to program in a high-level language than in assembly language though the efficiency of execution depends on how good the compiler or interpreter is at optimising the program.
Rarely, the variants "VHLL" and "MLL" are found.
See also languages of choice, generation.
(1994-12-07)

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