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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ About half of the instances in other jurists seem to be the work of the compilers.
▪ C3 includes a graphical development environment, a graphical browser, a compiler and interactive debugger.
▪ Dictionary compilers recognise this problem and provide separate definitions for such compounds.
▪ Its products are more seamless and easier to work with because its compilers and operating system are factored into the design.
▪ The compiler of Genesis would not have us forget that.
▪ The directive requires, interalia, that compilers of personal data require the consent of the data subject for inclusion.
▪ The optimized compiler has a blended mode option for applications that will run on 80486 and Pentium boxes as well as a Pentium-only mode.
▪ This includes operating systems, compilers, system libraries etc.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Compiler \Com*pil"er\ (k[o^]m*p[imac]l"[~e]r), n. [OE. compiluor; cf. OF. compileor, fr. L. compilator.]

  1. One who compiles; esp., one who makes books by compilation.

  2. (Computers) a computer program that decodes instructions written in a higher-level computer language to produce an assembly-language program or an executable program in machine language.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 14c., from Anglo-French compilour, Old French compileur "author, chronicler," from Latin compilatorem, agent noun from compilare (see compile). Another form of the word current in early Modern English was compilator, directly from the Latin.


n. 1 One who compiles. 2 (context computing English) A computer program which transforms source code into object code.

  1. n. a person who compiles (or writes for) encyclopedias [syn: encyclopedist, encyclopaedist]

  2. (computer science) a program that decodes instructions written in a higher order language and produces an assembly language program [syn: compiling program]


A compiler is a computer program (or a set of programs) that transforms source code written in a programming language (the source language) into another computer language (the target language), with the latter often having a binary form known as object code. The most common reason for converting source code is to create an executable program.

The name "compiler" is primarily used for programs that translate source code from a high-level programming language to a lower level language (e.g., assembly language or machine code). If the compiled program can run on a computer whose CPU or operating system is different from the one on which the compiler runs, the compiler is known as a cross-compiler. More generally, compilers are a specific type of translator.

While all programs that take a set of programming specifications and translate them, i.e. create a means to execute those specifications, are technically "compilers", the term generally means a program that produces a separate executable from the compiler (that may require a run time library or subsystem to operate), a compiler that merely executes the original specifications is usually referred to as an " interpreter", although because of differing methods of analyzing what represents compilation and what represents interpretation, there is some overlap between the two terms.

A program that translates from a low level language to a higher level one is a decompiler. A program that translates between high-level languages is usually called a source-to-source compiler or transpiler. A language rewriter is usually a program that translates the form of expressions without a change of language. The term compiler-compiler is sometimes used to refer to a parser generator, a tool often used to help create the lexer and parser.

A compiler is likely to perform many or all of the following operations: lexical analysis, preprocessing, parsing, semantic analysis ( syntax-directed translation), code generation, and code optimization. Program faults caused by incorrect compiler behavior can be very difficult to track down and work around; therefore, compiler implementors invest significant effort to ensure compiler correctness.

Compiler (anime)

is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Kia Asamiya. It was originally serialized in Kodansha's magazine Monthly Afternoon.

The manga was adapted into a two-part anime original video animation that was licensed in the North America by ADV Films.

The opening theme is called "I Was Born to fall in Love" and the end theme is called "Full Up Mind", both by Masami Okui. As well as the soundtrack, a single of the opening theme and three image albums - Compiler, Assembler and Interpreter - were released.

Usage examples of "compiler".

Vaporized drugs, straight from the matter compiler, were flowing down that tube and into his lungs, working to keep his bronchi from spasming shut.

It is their view that one day, instead of Feeds terminating in matter compilers, we will have Seeds that, sown on the earth, will sprout up into houses, hamburgers, spaceships, and books- that the Seed will develop inevitably from the Feed, and that upon it will be founded a more highly evolved society.

My theory is that Bill wandered into BH one day, possibly to be interviewed on Radio 4 about bird-watching or to deliver an envelope of money to the playlist compilers at Radio 1 and he never found his way out again.

However some subjects, which it embraces, may have undergone more complete investigation, on the general view of the whole period, this history is the sole undisputed authority to which all defer, and from which few appeal to the original writers, or to more modern compilers.

It would work like gangbusters, because every piece of software that was developed to drive the number five switches had to be run through the compiler.

Are these reports copyrighted - and if so, by whom - by the database compiler or by the user who defined the parameters, without which the reports in question would have never been generated?

Book XI, the second paragraph of which is evidently a note by the compilers of the Work, enumerating ten of the principal disciples, and classifying them according to their distinguishing characteristics.

By careful comparison of many prescriptions, and by the aid of Schroder, Salmon, Culpeper, and other old compilers, I have deciphered many of his difficult paragraphs with their mysterious recipes.

Thou art already proved by thwackings, seasoned to the undertaking, and I doubt not thou art he that will finish with that tadpole Shagpat, and sit in the high seat, thy name an odour in distant lands, a joy to the historian, the Compiler of Events, thou Master of the Event, the greatest which time will witness for ages to come.

The stuff was grown in illicit matter compilers, squirreled away in vacant low-rent housing blocks, and carried by the runners to the actual street dealers.

Waiting in a queue for one of the free matter compilers, a bum said, "One of them Ashanti gave me five yuks.

Use of these compilers had to be logged, so he identified himself and the project first.

X for the use of one of his matter compilers, which was connected to private Sources owned by Dr.

These containers could be loaded on board with cranes and hooked up to the matter compilers in the same way that Feed lines would be if they resided on shore.

It is their view that one day, instead of Feeds terminating in matter compilers, we will have Seeds that, sown on the earth, will sprout up into houses, hamburgers, spaceships, and books that the Seed will develop inevitably from the Feed, and that upon it will be founded a more highly evolved society.