from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- Pascal, Blaise 1623-1662. French mathematician, philosopher and inventor. His early work included the invention of the adding machine and syringe, and the co-development with Fermat of the mathematical theory of probability. Later he became a Jansenist and wrote on philosophy and theology, notably as collected in the posthumous Pensées (1670).
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- proper n. A male given name used in medieval England; today occasionally borrowed from French.
- proper n. The French mathematician and physicist Blaise Pascal.
- proper n. The Pascal programming language.
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- n. a programing language designed to teach programming through a top-down modular approach
- n. French mathematician and philosopher and Jansenist; invented an adding machine; contributed (with Fermat) to the theory of probability (1623-1662)
- n. a unit of pressure equal to one newton per square meter
Latin Paschalis, from pascha "Easter", for birth on Easter, or in honor of a 9th century pope. (Wiktionary)