Fortran meaning

fôrtrăn
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.
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A high-level computer language employing algebraic formulas.
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A high-level programming language developed in the 1950s for scientific, engineering and numerical computation.
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(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 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.
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Origin of fortran

  • for(mula) tran(slation)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • The name is a portmanteau of Formula Translator/Translation

    From Wiktionary