[pa-skal, pah-skahl]

1955–60; after Pascal Unabridged


[pa-skal] ,
noun Computers.
a high-level programming language, a descendant of ALGOL, designed to facilitate structured programming. Unabridged
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pascal (ˈpæskəl)
Pa the derived SI unit of pressure; the pressure exerted on an area of 1 square metre by a force of 1 newton; equivalent to 10 dynes per square centimetre or 1.45 × 10--4 pound per square inch
[C20: named after Blaise Pascal]

Pascal1 (French paskal)
Blaise (blɛz). 1623--62, French philosopher, mathematician, and physicist. As a scientist, he made important contributions to hydraulics and the study of atmospheric pressure and, with Fermat, developed the theory of probability. His chief philosophical works are Lettres provinciales (1656--57), written in defence of Jansenism and against the Jesuits, and Pensées (1670), fragments of a Christian apologia

Pascal2 (ˈpæsˌkæl, -kəl)
a high-level computer programming language developed as a teaching language: used for general-purpose programming

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high-level computer programming language, 1971, named for Fr. scholar Blaise Pascal (1623-62), who invented a calculating machine c.1642.
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pascal pas·cal (pā-skāl', pä-skäl')
A unit of pressure equal to one newton per square meter.

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pascal   (pā-skāl', pä-skäl')  Pronunciation Key 
The SI derived unit used to measure pressure. One pascal is equal to one newton per square meter.
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