## FORTRAN

For·tran⌂

Origin of FORTRAN

*for(mula) tran(slation)*

## Fortran

noun

Origin of Fortran

**for(mula)**+

**tran(slation)**.

## fortran

- A high-level programming language developed in the 1950s for scientific, engineering and numerical computation.

The name is a portmanteau of Formula Translator/Translation

## 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 has been used for business applications, it is primarily used 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