FORTRAN definition by Webster's New World
Origin: for(mula) tran(slation)
FORTRAN definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: for(mula) + tran(slation).
fortran - Computer Definition
(FORmula TRANslator) 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