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

  • n. Code written by a programmer in a high-level language and readable by people but not computers. Source code must be converted to object code or machine language before a computer can read or execute the program.

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  • n. Human-readable instructions in a programming language, to be transformed into machine instructions by a compiler, assembler or other translator, or to be carried out directly by an interpreter.

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

  • n. program instructions written as an ASCII text file; must be translated by a compiler or interpreter or assembler into the object code for a particular computer before execution

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