Pascal definition

pă-skăl, pä-skäl
A unit of pressure equal to one newton per square meter.
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A programming language designed to support structured programming and used in teaching, applications, and systems programming.
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A high-level computer language, written in structured modules.
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A high-level programming language developed by Swiss professor Niklaus Wirth in the early 1970s and named after the French mathematician, Blaise Pascal. It is noted for its structured programming, which caused it to achieve popularity initially in academic circles. Pascal has had strong influence on subsequent languages, such as Ada, dBASE and PAL. See Turbo Pascal.Pascal is available in both interpreter and compiler form and has unique ways of defining variables. For example, a set of values can be stated for a variable, and if any other value is stored in it, the program generates an error at runtime. A Pascal set is an array-like structure that can hold a varying number of predefined values. Sets can be matched and manipulated providing powerful non-numeric programming capabilities.The following Turbo Pascal example converts Fahrenheit to Celsius: program convert; var fahr, cent : real; begin write('Enter Fahrenheit '); readln(fahr); cent := (fahr - 32) * 5 / 9; writeln('Celsius is ',cent) end.
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The basic unit of pressure in SI and MKS systems, equal to the pressure of a force of one newton per square meter (0.00001 bar or 0.01 millibar)
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The SI derived unit used to measure pressure. One pascal is equal to one newton per square meter.
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In the International System of Units, the derived unit of pressure and stress; one newton per square metre. Symbol: Pa.
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A male given name used in medieval England; today occasionally borrowed from French.
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The French mathematician and physicist Blaise Pascal.
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The Pascal programming language.
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(person) 1623-62; Fr. mathematician, physicist, & philosopher.
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Noun

Singular:
pascal
Plural:
pascals

Origin of pascal

  • After Blaise Pascal

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

  • Latin Paschalis, from pascha "Easter", for birth on Easter, or in honor of a 9th century pope.

    From Wiktionary

  • Borrowing from French pascal. Named after the French scientist and philosopher Blaise Pascal.

    From Wiktionary