Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One that compiles: a compiler of anthologies.
  • n. Computer Science A program that translates another program written in a high-level language into machine language so that it can be executed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who compiles.
  • n. A computer program which transforms source code into object code.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who compiles; esp., one who makes books by compilation.
  • n. a computer program that decodes instructions written in a higher-level computer language to produce an assembly-language program or an executable program in machine language.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who compiles; one who makes a compilation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (computer science) a program that decodes instructions written in a higher order language and produces an assembly language program
  • n. a person who compiles information (as for reference purposes)

Etymologies

to compile + -er. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Saving energy and boosting performance with an easy-to-implement software compiler is a problem worth solving, especially as we rely more and more on specialized chips, be they in our antilock brakes or our iPhones.

    The Hunt for a Universal Compiler Gets $16M

  • This would be the major focal point of practical and research work, based on reading in compiler creation and on the language designed.

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  • NET compiler is now working, and as a nearly-free bonus for using the.

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  • "Fran Allen's work has led to remarkable advances in compiler design and machine architecture that are at the foundation of modern high-performance computing," said Ruzena Bajcsy, Chair of ACM's Turing Award Committee, and professor of Electrical and Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley.

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  • She is considered to be the pioneer in compiler optimization, and during her talk she described the projects she had worked on in IBM.

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  • Although the work in the compiler is not finished, Wiz also takes time to create some new spells to help common folk to deal with magical threats.

    Reflective Surface - The Wizardry Compiled

  • As for the expression compiler, there is a demo program "ScriptDemo" for you to play with the

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  • One of the job of the compiler is code optimization, in particular using less memory storage and executing commands quickly.

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  • So you have a high-level english-like program, and you have this complex process called a compiler that takes that high-level program and maps it to another equivalent form in machine language.

    Conceptualizing Design

  • Eg. having a menu option in the editor which would call the compiler directly rather than having to run it from a batch file in an external shell window.

    Scripting News for 9/20/07 « Scripting News Annex

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