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


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



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