high-level language

noun
a problem-oriented language requiring little knowledge of the computer on which it will be run

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Computers.
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.
[1965-70]

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high-level language noun (computing)
A computer-programming language that allows a user to employ instructions in a form similar to natural language rather than using machine code
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high-level language,
a computer programming language which employs terms and grammar often found in the vocabulary of the user: »

COBOL and FORTRAN are examples of high-level languages which aim to be independent of the machine, oriented to specific applications, and relatively simple to understand, as they use English words like “open” and “assign” (New Scientist).


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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