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

  • n. A listing of the order of events and other pertinent information for a public presentation.
  • n. The presentation itself: a program of piano pieces.
  • n. A scheduled radio or television show.
  • n. An ordered list of events to take place or procedures to be followed; a schedule: a program of physical therapy for a convalescent.
  • n. A system of services, opportunities, or projects, usually designed to meet a social need: "Working parents rely on the center's after-school latchkey program” ( New York Times).
  • n. A course of academic study; a curriculum.
  • n. A plan or system of academic and related or ancillary activities: a work-study program.
  • n. A plan or system of nonacademic extracurricular activities: the football program.
  • n. A set of coded instructions that enables a machine, especially a computer, to perform a desired sequence of operations.
  • n. An instruction sequence in programmed instruction.
  • transitive v. To include or schedule in a program: program a new musical composition.
  • transitive v. To design a program for; schedule the activities of.
  • transitive v. To provide (a machine) with a set of coded working instructions.
  • transitive v. To train to perform automatically in a desired way, as if programming a machine: programmed the children to use perfect table manners.
  • transitive v. To prepare an instructional sequence for (material to be taught) in programmed instruction.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A set of structured activities.
  • n. A leaflet listing information about a play, game or other activity.
  • n. A performance of a show or other broadcast on radio or television.
  • n. : A software application, or a collection of software applications, designed to perform a specific task.
  • n. A particular mindset or method of doing things.
  • v. To enter a program or other instructions into (a computer or other electronic device) to instruct it to do a particular task.
  • v. To develop (software) by writing program code.
  • v. To put together the schedule of an event.
  • v. To cause to automatically behave in a particular way.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as programme.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make a program of; enter consecutively in or as in a program.
  • n. A written or printed list of the pieces or selections which constitute a musical, theatrical, or other performance or entertainment, set down in the order of their performance or exhibition.
  • n. Hence The collection of such pieces or selections. The several pieces are often called numbers.
  • n. A method of operation or line of procedure prepared or announced beforehand; an outline or abstract of something to be done or carried out: as, the program of the new administration; the program of a school or university.
  • n. A preface; prolegomena; a preliminary or introductory statement or announcement.
  • n. Same as program music, or the chain of thoughts or images that suggests and characterizes such music.

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

  • v. arrange a program of or for
  • n. a series of steps to be carried out or goals to be accomplished
  • n. (computer science) a sequence of instructions that a computer can interpret and execute
  • n. an announcement of the events that will occur as part of a theatrical or sporting event
  • n. a radio or television show
  • v. write a computer program
  • n. a performance (or series of performances) at a public presentation
  • n. a system of projects or services intended to meet a public need
  • n. an integrated course of academic studies
  • n. a document stating the aims and principles of a political party


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

Late Latin programma, public notice, from Greek programma, programmat-, from prographein, to write publicly : pro-, forth; see pro-2 + graphein, to write; see gerbh- in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French programme, from Late Latin programma ("a proclamation, edict"), from Ancient Greek πρόγραμμα (programma, "a written public notice, an edict"), from προγράφω (prographō, "I set forth as a public notice"), from πρό (pro, "before") +, from γράφω (graphō, "I write").


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