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Definition of "compiler" [com•pil•er]

  • One that compiles: a compiler of anthologies. (noun)
  • Computer Science A program that translates another program written in a high-level language into machine language so that it can be executed. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "compiler" in a sentence
  • "Saving energy and boosting performance with an easy-to-implement software compiler is a problem worth solving, especially as we rely more and more on specialized chips, be they in our antilock brakes or our iPhones."
  • "This would be the major focal point of practical and research work, based on reading in compiler creation and on the language designed."
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