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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
macro
noun
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■ VERB
use
▪ Luckily using macros and the customisable icon palette you can tailor Ami Pro 3.0 to your way of working.
▪ You can use macros to enter often-used names and phrases as well as complex format changes.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Having found this macro we want to assign it to an icon but this entails designing an appropriate one.
▪ In the following exercise, we will view and print a catalog of the macros that we just created.
▪ It shows each macro name, followed by the text it represents.
▪ Press Alt-Z to activate the macro for double-spaced indented paragraphs. 5.
▪ WordPerfect's ability to edit macros can be used for any customization.
▪ You can avoid this repetition by defining a macro which you use every time you want to include the code.
▪ You can use macros to enter often-used names and phrases as well as complex format changes.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
macro

macro \macro\ n. [shortened form of macroinstruction]

  1. a single computer instruction which symbolizes, and is converted at the time of program execution or by a compiler into, a series of instructions in the same computer language.

  2. A keystroke (or combination of keystrokes) which symbolizes and is replaced by a series of keystrokes; -- a convenient feature of some advanced programs, such as word processors or database programs, which allows a user to rapidly execute any series of operations which may be performed multiple times. Such macros may typically be defined by the program user, without rewriting or recompiling the program.

macro

macro \macro\ a. very large in scale or scope or capability; as, macroeconomics.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
macro

1959 in computing sense, shortened from macro-instruction.

Wiktionary
macro

Etymology 1 a. 1 Very large in scope or scale. 2 (cx cooking colloquial English) macrobiotic Etymology 2

n. (context programming computing English) A comparatively human-friendly abbreviation of complicated input to a computer program. Etymology 3

n. (context photography English) macro lens

WordNet
macro

adj. very large in scale or scope or capability; "`macro' in the word `macroscopic' is a combining form"

macro

n. a single computer instruction that results in a series of instructions in machine language [syn: macro instruction]

Wikipedia
Macro (computer science)

A macro (short for "macroinstruction", from Greek 'long') in computer science is a rule or pattern that specifies how a certain input sequence (often a sequence of characters) should be mapped to a replacement output sequence (also often a sequence of characters) according to a defined procedure. The mapping process that instantiates (transforms) a macro use into a specific sequence is known as macro expansion. A facility for writing macros may be provided as part of a software application or as a part of a programming language. In the former case, macros are used to make tasks using the application less repetitive. In the latter case, they are a tool that allows a programmer to enable code reuse or even to design domain-specific languages.

Macros are used to make a sequence of computing instructions available to the programmer as a single program statement, making the programming task less tedious and less error-prone. (Thus, they are called "macros" because a big block of code can be expanded from a small sequence of characters.) Macros often allow positional or keyword parameters that dictate what the conditional assembler program generates and have been used to create entire programs or program suites according to such variables as operating system, platform or other factors. The term derives from " macro instruction", and such expansions were originally used in generating assembly language code.

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Usage examples of "macro".

Centurion Macro, glancing down a dark alley leading up from the Camulodunum quayside.

Horrified at the prospect of being preceded into a drinking place by a woman, Macro clumsily thrust himself between the woman and the door.

While Macro steered a way through the throng to the bar, Cato looked round and saw that the only place left was a rickety trestle table flanked by two benches, right by the door they had just entered.

Even junior centurions like Macro had found themselves asked to attend.

At first her open approach inclined Macro to regard her as just another of the horse-faced women that made up the majority of the higher class of Briton.

Grudgingly at first, then more willingly as she artfully drew him into a more expansive discussion, Macro talked to her in a way he had never before with a woman.

Looking round, Macro observed the same forwardness in the other Celtic women and was trying to reconcile himself to the strange ways of this new culture when Boudica planted a boozy kiss on his lips.

Momentarily startled, Macro tried to break away from her powerful embrace, but the girl had mistakenly taken his writhing as a sign of his ardour and merely tightened her grip.

So Macro gave in and kissed her back, and on the alcohol-saturated wings of passion they had collapsed under a table in a dark corner and fumbled the evening away.

They continued to meet almost daily from that point on, and sometimes Macro invited Cato to join them, mainly from a sense of pity for the lad, who had only recently seen his first love murdered at the hands of a treacherous Roman aristocrat.

If Boudica was going to ditch Macro and marry someone else, then she could tell Macro herself.

Boudica quickly indicated to Macro that he should get under the bench.

Tugging their cloaks tightly about their shoulders, Macro and Cato ducked under the lintel into the street.

Cato was dragged to his feet by Macro and thrown bodily in the direction of the small rear door that the other brawlers were spilling out through.

Two women were sitting on a pair of seedy looking beds, and they smiled as Macro appeared through the door.