Macro meaning

măkrō
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(photography) Macro lens.
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Large.

Macronucleus.

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Macro is defined as something that covers a large amount, or is large in size.

An example of macro is the study of the key driving aspects of an economy; macro economics.

An example of macro is a very close up photograph of an ant; a macro photograph.

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(programming, computing) A comparatively human-friendly abbreviation of complicated input to a computer program.

The pre-processor expands any embedded macros into source code before it is compiled.

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A shorthand representation for a number of lines of code.
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Large in scope or extent; large-scale.

A macro analysis of many reports.

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A single, user-defined command that is part of an application and executes a series of commands.
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Long.

Macrobiotics.

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Broad, general, or comprehensive in coverage, outlook, etc. or large in scale, effect, etc.

Macro issues bringing together disparate factions.

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A single computer instruction that represents a given sequence of instructions; macroinstruction.
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Long (in extent or duration), large, enlarged or elongated (in a specified part)

Macrocyte, macrocephaly.

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(1) A shortcut method for invoking a sequence of user interface functions. Macros let users turn widely used menus and keystrokes into one command or key combination. For example, pressing F2 might cause several menus and dialog buttons to be selected in a prescribed order. Macros can be created automatically by recording the keyboard and mouse actions (see macro recorder). See programmable keypad.
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A sequence of commands in an application that can be recorded or directly programmed to repeatedly execute this sequence. Macros have access to resources such as disks and networks on the computer. They are stored within the document format of the application. Typical examples are macros in Office Applications such as MS Word or Excel, where they are used extensively. Newer versions of these applications include options to turn off the execution of macros for security reasons.
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Very large in scope or scale.
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The definition of a macro is one command on the computer that performs many commands at once.

An example of a macro is using Excel VBA to create multi function commands in the Microsoft program Excel.

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Of great size; large.
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A prefix meaning “large,” as in macromolecule, a large molecule.
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Inclusive.

Macroinstruction.

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Of or for macrophotography.

A macro lens.

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Origin of macro

  • < Gr makros, long < IE *merós < base *māk-, long, slender > L macer, meager

    From Webster's New World College Dictionary, 5th Edition

  • Greek makro- from makros large māk- in Indo-European roots

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

  • Short for macroinstruction

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

  • 1933, from macro-, from French, from Latin, from Ancient Greek μακρός (makros, “long").

    From Wiktionary

  • 1971, elliptical form of macro lens, from macro- + lens. Compare macrophotography.

    From Wiktionary

  • From French, from Latin, from Ancient Greek μακρός (makros, “long").

    From Wiktionary

  • 1959, shortened form of macroinstruction.

    From Wiktionary