## FORTRAN

[fôr**′**tran′]

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noun

a high-level computer language employing algebraic formulas

Origin of FORTRAN

*for(mula) tran(slation)*

## FORTRAN

noun

One of the first high-level programming languages, designed to solve problems that can be expressed algebraically and used mainly in mathematics, science, and engineering.

Origin of Fortran

**for(mula)**+

**tran(slation)**.

## fortran - Computer Definition

(**FOR**mula **TRAN**slator) The first high-level programming language and compiler, developed in 1954 by IBM. It was originally designed to express mathematical formulas, and although it is used occasionally for business applications, it is still the most widely used language for scientific, engineering and mathematical problems.
FORTRAN IV is an ANSI standard, but FORTRAN V has various proprietary versions. The following FORTRAN example converts Fahrenheit to Celsius:
write(6,*) 'Enter Fahrenheit '
read(5,*) XFAHR
XCENT = (XFAHR - 32) * 5 / 9
write(6,*) 'Celsius is ', XCENT
stop
end