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or programing

[proh-gram-ing, -gruh-ming] /ˈproʊ græm ɪŋ, -grə mɪŋ/
the act or process of planning or writing a program.
Radio and Television.
  1. the selection and scheduling of programs for a particular period, station, or network.
  2. the programs scheduled.
Origin of programming
1885-90; program + -ing1


or (especially British) programme

[proh-gram, -gruh m] /ˈproʊ græm, -grəm/
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.
  1. a systematic plan for the automatic solution of a problem by a computer.
  2. 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.
1625-35; < Late Latin programma < Greek prógramma public notice in writing. See pro-2, -gram1
Related forms
reprogram, verb (used with object), reprogrammed or reprogramed, reprogramming or reprograming.
unprogrammed, adjective
Can be confused
pogrom, program. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for programming
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  • This enables management to communicate more easily with the programming staff.

  • The programming is shallowed to the lowest (and widest) common denominator.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
  • At least one full-time technician-programmer would be needed for maintenance and programming.

  • The sappy one set the leg and withdrew, programming a call for the next day.

    The Sunset Trail Alfred Henry Lewis
  • Others within the medium wanted to have more freedom and creativity in programming.

    Area Handbook for Bulgaria Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
British Dictionary definitions for programming


a sequence of coded instructions fed into a computer, enabling it to perform specified logical and arithmetical operations on data
verb -grams, -gramming, -grammed, -grammes, -gramming, -grammed
(transitive) to feed a program into (a computer)
(transitive) to arrange (data) into a suitable form so that it can be processed by a computer
(intransitive) to write a program
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Word Origin and History for programming



1630s, "public notice," from Late Latin programma "proclamation, edict," from Greek programma "a written public notice," from stem of prographein "to write publicly," from pro- "forth" (see pro-) + graphein "to write" (see -graphy).

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 (noun and verb) is from 1945. Spelling programme, established in Britain, is from French in modern use and began to be used early 19c., originally especially in the "playbill" sense. Program music attested from 1877.


1889, "write program notes;" 1896, "arrange according to program," from program (n.). Of computers from 1945. From 1963 in the figurative sense of "to train to behave in a predetermined way." Related: Programmed; programming.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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programming in Science
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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programming in Culture

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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Slang definitions & phrases for programming



To train; predispose by rigorous teaching, condition: He's programmed to be polite to old ladies and all (1966+ fr computers)

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crash program

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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programming in Technology

1. The art of debugging a blank sheet of paper (or, in these days of on-line editing, the art of debugging an empty file).
2. A pastime similar to banging one's head against a wall, but with fewer opportunities for reward.
3. The most fun you can have with your clothes on (although clothes are not mandatory).
[Jargon File]

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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