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

  • n. A high-level programming language for problems that can be expressed algebraically, used mainly in mathematics, science, and engineering.

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  • proper n. A high-level programming language developed in the 1950s for scientific, engineering and numerical computation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a higher programming language with an instruction set designed for ease of expression of mathematical functions, much used in programming of scientific and mathematical problems.


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

for(mula) + tran(slation).

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The name is a portmanteau of Formula Translator/Translation


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