[proh-gram, -gruhm]
a plan of action to accomplish a specified end: a school lunch program.
a plan or schedule of activities, procedures, etc., to be followed.
a radio or television performance or production.
a list of items, pieces, performers, etc., in a musical, theatrical, or other entertainment.
an entertainment with reference to its pieces or numbers: a program of American and French music.
a planned, coordinated group of activities, procedures, etc., often for a specific purpose, or a facility offering such a series of activities: a drug rehabilitation program; a graduate program in linguistics.
a prospectus or syllabus: a program of courses being offered.
a systematic plan for the automatic solution of a problem by a computer.
the precise sequence of instructions enabling a computer to solve a problem.
verb (used with object), programmed or programed, programming or programing.
to schedule as part of a program.
Computers. to prepare a program for.
to insert or encode specific operating instructions into (a machine or apparatus): We'll program the bells to ring at ten-minute intervals.
to insert (instructions) into a machine or apparatus: An automatic release has been programmed into the lock as a safety feature.
to cause to absorb or incorporate automatic responses, attitudes, or the like; condition: Our parents programmed us to respect our elders.
to set, regulate, or modify so as to produce a specific response or reaction: Program your eating habits to eliminate sweets.
verb (used without object), programmed or programed, programming or programing.
to plan or write a program.
Also, especially British, programme.

1625–35; < Late Latin programma < Greek prógramma public notice in writing. See pro-2, -gram1

reprogram, verb (used with object), reprogrammed or reprogramed, reprogramming or reprograming.
unprogrammed, adjective

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program or (sometimes) programme (ˈprəʊɡræm)
1.  a sequence of coded instructions fed into a computer, enabling it to perform specified logical and arithmetical operations on data
vb , -grams, -gramming, -grammed, -grammes, -gramming, -grammed
2.  (tr) to feed a program into (a computer)
3.  (tr) to arrange (data) into a suitable form so that it can be processed by a computer
4.  (intr) to write a program
programme or (sometimes) programme

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Word Origin & History

1633, "public notice," from L.L. programma "proclamation, edict," from Gk. programma (gen. programmatos) "a written public notice," from stem of prographein "to write publicly," from pro- "forth" + graphein "to write." General sense of "a definite plan or scheme" is recorded from 1837. Meaning "list
of pieces at a concert, playbill" first recorded 1805 and retains the original sense. That of "objects or events suggested by music" is from 1854. Sense of "broadcasting presentation" is from 1923. Computer sense (n.,v.) is from 1945; hence programmer "person who programs computers," attested from 1948. Spelling programme, sometimes preferred in Britain, is from French and began to be used early 19c. The verb in the fig. sense of "to train to behave in a predetermined way" is from 1963.
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Science Dictionary
program   (prō'grām')  Pronunciation Key 
A organized system of instructions and data interpreted by a computer. Programming instructions are often referred to as code. See more at source code, See also programming language.
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Cultural Dictionary

program definition

A series of instructions given to a computer to direct it to carry out certain operations. The term code is often used to denote large-scale operations.

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Example sentences
Groups and parties working for a new social order must include it in their
They certainly require serious stamina occasioned by crammed programmes and
  non-stop travel.
The proposed increase is considered a win for the agency as other programmes
  throughout the government face serious cuts.
Witherspoon has also instigated training programmes to educate researchers
  about export control of sensitive data or technology.
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