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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a computer program (=a set of instructions stored inside a computer)
▪ At school, we’re learning how to write simple computer programs.
a software/program designer (=for computer programs)
▪ Software designers are working on a new operating system.
drop a scheme/program etc
▪ Some banks have dropped their student loan scheme.
entitlement program
outreach program/service/center etc
▪ outreach centers for drug addicts
program a computer (=give it instructions so that it will do a particular job)
programmed learning
recovery program
software/a program runs on a computer
▪ You’ll need the appropriate software running on your computer.
▪ The authors have obviously taken note of the thousands of users of the first release to bring you this wonderful educational program.
▪ Many individuals also attend training and educational programs sponsored by industry associations, often in collaboration with postsecondary institutions.
▪ The culprit: an educational program he had installed for his 3-year-old daughter.
▪ To the extent that educational programs purport to teach social knowledge, legitimate opportunities for social interaction must be provided.
▪ In the early 1950s Highlander work shifted to make educational programs on the civil rights issue its major priority.
▪ Many of the resources went into day-care centers, educational programs, and the training and employment of police-community aides.
▪ Sophisticated graphics and multimedia software for games and educational programs dictate that consumer machines have plenty of muscle.
▪ Special educational programs are scheduled for youngsters.
▪ For his part, Perry is pressing the Agriculture Department in Washington to show more generosity in federal crop-insurance programs.
▪ To match federal program cuts, that proportion would have to dramatically increase.
▪ Congress is poised to block-grant to the states huge chunks of federal programs.
▪ The overall cutback in the funding of federal urban programs would require cities to look to state governments for aid.
▪ It is one of the few federal programs from which large budget savings are potentially available.
▪ The projected increases come largely because farmers will no longer have to idle acres in order to participate in federal programs.
▪ The remaining 1. 9 percent would continue to be paid into the federal disability insurance program.
▪ Some problems of the federal health programs were self-inflicted, the witnesses indicated.
▪ Clinton said Congress was cutting social programs too deeply to pay for the tax cuts.
▪ She said social programs of the 1960s have gotten a bad rap in the 1990s.
▪ He said an agreement had been struck whereby Freeport would provide 1 percent of annual revenues for social development programs.
▪ Its social programs can fail to work, its businesses can fail to produce, its laws can become unenforceable.
▪ Some social aid programs have grown even more.
▪ The serious cutting will occur in the social welfare programs, which are pretty much all that remain.
▪ It also provides a network of schools, medical clinics and other social programs in the Gaza Strip and West Bank.
▪ Adding data does not require special programs to be written.
▪ You know, unlike those special programs we have just for talented and gifted kids.
▪ However, the riding test can be waived if you successfully complete a special training program.
▪ Continental Freedom and Global Passports are special Continental programs for seniors who fly frequently.
▪ Overall, the school budget is $ 29. 1 billion, including special program funding and other targeted funds.
▪ Can you tell me if there are any special programs to help my gut reach its full potential?
▪ This semantic distinction is beside the point; the special admissions program is undeniably a classification based on race and ethnic back-ground.
▪ Whether the teacher feels that this particular lesson was enhanced by the use of a computer program. 12.
▪ A computer program that attempts to have a robot duplicate your efforts would get very complex.
▪ It is possible that the company writing the computer program was negligent in its testing of the program.
▪ Dawkins works out in some detail a computer program which mirrors this computer simulation of the development of the eye.
▪ A literal copy of a computer program infringes copyright if made without the consent of the copyright owner.
▪ Very simply, these so-called models are computer programs that analyze a lot of meteorological information fed into them.
▪ We discuss the computer program in rather anthropomorphic terms, referring successively to the talents personality and style of the computer program.
▪ Sketchpad did not frel like a computer program, at least none that had ever been thought of as such.
▪ Human rights education programs aim to foster respect for other people, tolerance, fairness and solidarity.
▪ Special education programs are having a tremendous impact on the way schools, educators, and library media programs do their work.
▪ The Alliance uses the money to fund ongoing health, safety and environmental education programs for the oil field service industry.
▪ The government uses them to plan food and nutrition education programs.
▪ A portion of each sale goes to the Wright foundation, which funds conservation and education programs.
▪ Update and refine your skills, preferably in adult education programs at a local college.
▪ The university is known for many things, he said, most notably its teacher education programs.
▪ Your education programs should be designed to accommodate different needs within your workforce.
▪ It has also been tested with over 2100 software programs and has proved to be compatible.
▪ Some count how many software programs are sold.
▪ The software programs for microcomputers demand visual concentration and sometimes tracking and scanning skills.
▪ A growing variety of software programs are available to scramble your data so that only you can view it.
▪ Third Party Software Leading molecular scientists worldwide have developed effective specialised software programs noted for advancing science.
▪ The computer runs a backup software program for launching and landing the shuttle.
▪ PageMaker-the software program from Aldus Corporation that everyone associates with desktop publishing due to its immense success on the Apple Macintosh.
▪ For most users, this requires a software program known as a telnet client.
▪ Whenever you run a program it switches to the output screen to show you what the program has produced.
▪ It does not even need to be forbidden; the people who run these programs are not angry.
▪ At first, I just ran the Equalizer program on a desktop computer.
▪ This runs the batch file which will put you in the correct subdirectory and run the program.
▪ The computer runs a backup software program for launching and landing the shuttle.
▪ When you run the program it will do something unexpected, usually without your knowledge.
▪ Deborah runs a job-training program at Republic Steel, to place steelworkers in new jobs.
▪ People have found ways to escape ill-fitting jobs, start training programs, or enter graduate school.
▪ Sedentary men, particularly those over 40, should not start a running program without a physical exam, he said.
▪ The year after Sara started the medical program, her tumors regressed.
▪ Advocating civil rights and open housing and starting a university tutorial program for poor, inner-city Baltimore children, for starters.
▪ He did, and so we started on a psychotherapy program.
▪ Jack Welch started the program by calling for a search for companies worth emulating.
▪ The man with whom he joined to start the program is head teacher.
▪ So he changed his swing, changed his exercise routine and started a stretching program.
▪ You can use a terminal program for direct connection to another user.
▪ This recipe was used for a program and I hope Mrs Mills enjoys it as much as the residents did.
▪ Each car behaves differently so you never get tired of using the program.
▪ Intuit, meanwhile, has acknowledged using the tracking programs to target ads.
▪ This function allows proprietary formats to be used between consenting programs in private, without the need for standardization of those formats.
▪ Option 8 is used to leave the program and must be selected to ensure that all the data is safely stored.
▪ A cracker can also eavesdrop using wiretapping, radio, or auxiliary ports on computers, which are used by network programs.
▪ Our version of occam thus contains only the essential core needed to write simple programs.
▪ I think it is possible to make zero defects in production software, say if you are writing yet another database program.
▪ The product is aimed at engineers and scientists who can build software modules called virtual instruments instead of writing cryptic text-based programs.
▪ And if Apple falls apart, software developers could get even more skittish about sinking money into writing programs for Macs.
▪ The vexed question has always been: Who should write the programs which control these machines?
▪ For instance, in computer science one learns how to write programs that can perform certain tasks.
▪ Other programs like word processors, produce data files such as the letters you write.
▪ It was his job to convince software developers to write programs for Macintosh.
be programmed
get with the program
▪ "ER" is the most popular program on TV.
▪ a circus program
▪ a government program to feed the poor
▪ Brian was able to get into a good nursing program.
▪ Square dancing is on tonight's program at the rec center.
▪ the company's management training program
▪ the U.S. space program
▪ For programmers to write Windows-based programs, they need to know about changes in the system well in advance.
▪ In other words, what are the results of your program?
▪ The disk is not allowed access until it has been validated with the Disknet check program.
▪ This only occurs when programs are written to take advantage of the co-processor.
▪ More important was the software - how should a parallel computer be programmed?
▪ The computer programmed graded distribution in which the detail is random.
▪ For a computer to be easily programmed, it must be obvious when a mistake has been made.
▪ The computer is programmed with the best available knowledge of how atmospheric conditions cause weather systems.
▪ Why should you learn to program in this day and age?
▪ She later learned to program in the Unix operating system that is the basis for eVote.
get with the program
▪ Hal spends most of his time programming.
▪ The computers have been programmed to automatically save whatever you're working on.
▪ The orchestra programs very little music by living composers.
▪ His most striking proposition to the lay reader is that human beings are genetically programmed to learn certain kinds of language.
▪ It would also run on the Java programming language.
▪ Java is a programming language that Sun unveiled last year.
▪ Perhaps the most important change in Netscape Version 2 is its ability to run programs written in the Java programming language.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

computer program \computer program\ n. a sequence of instructions, stored in any medium, that can be interpreted and executed by a computer; -- called most frequently a program. This term is used both for the written program (a document) and for its corresponding electronic version stored or executed on the computer. See instruction; as, Version 1.0 of the program had a serious bug that caused the computer to crash frequently..

Syn: program, program, computer programme.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1630s, "public notice," from Late Latin programma "proclamation, edict," from Greek programma "a written public notice," from stem of prographein "to write publicly," from pro- "forth" (see pro-) + graphein "to write" (see -graphy).\n

\nGeneral sense of "a definite plan or scheme" is recorded from 1837. Meaning "list of pieces at a concert, playbill" first recorded 1805 and retains the original sense. That of "objects or events suggested by music" is from 1854. Sense of "broadcasting presentation" is from 1923. Computer sense (noun and verb) is from 1945. Spelling programme, established in Britain, is from French in modern use and began to be used early 19c., originally especially in the "playbill" sense. Program music attested from 1877.


1889, "write program notes;" 1896, "arrange according to program," from program (n.). Of computers from 1945. From 1963 in the figurative sense of "to train to behave in a predetermined way." Related: Programmed; programming.


n. 1 A set of structured activity. 2 A leaflet listing information about a play, game or other activity. 3 A performance of a show or other broadcast on radio or television. 4 (lb en computing) A software application, or a collection of software applications, designed to perform a specific task. 5 (lb en especially in the phrase "get with the program") A particular mindset or method of doing things. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To enter a program or other instructions into (a computer or other electronic device) to instruct it to do a particular task. 2 (context transitive English) To develop (software) by writing program code. 3 (context transitive English) To put together the schedule of an event. 4 (context transitive English) To cause to automatically behave in a particular way.

  1. v. arrange a program of or for; "program the 80th birthday party" [syn: programme]

  2. write a computer program [syn: programme]

  3. [also: programming, programmes, programmed]

  1. n. a system of projects or services intended to meet a public need; "he proposed an elaborate program of public works"; "working mothers rely on the day care program" [syn: programme]

  2. a series of steps to be carried out or goals to be accomplished; "they drew up a six-step plan"; "they discussed plans for a new bond issue" [syn: plan, programme]

  3. (computer science) a sequence of instructions that a computer can interpret and execute; "the program required several hundred lines of code" [syn: programme, computer program, computer programme]

  4. an integrated course of academic studies; "he was admitted to a new program at the university" [syn: course of study, programme, curriculum, syllabus]

  5. a radio or television show; "did you see his program last night?" [syn: broadcast, programme]

  6. a performance (or series of performances) at a public presentation; "the program lasted more than two hours" [syn: programme]

  7. a document stating the aims and principles of a political party; "their candidate simply ignored the party platform"; "they won the election even though they offered no positive program" [syn: platform, political platform, political program]

  8. an announcement of the events that will occur as part of a theatrical or sporting event; "you can't tell the players without a program" [syn: programme]

  9. [also: programming, programmes, programmed]


Program ( American spelling) or programme (British spelling) may refer to:

Program (German non-profit)

Program is a German non-profit platform that aims to expand the disciplinary boundaries of architecture through its collaboration with other fields. Based in Berlin, it was founded in 2006 by Carson Chan (born 1980 in Hong Kong) and Fotini Lazaridou-Hatzigoga (born 1979 in Thessaloniki, Greece). Program has been providing a discursive platform for artists, architects, critics and curators to explore new ideas through exhibitions, performances, workshops, lectures and residencies. Exhibitions represent a large part of Program's mandate for expanding the current understanding of architecture, both theoretically and in practice.

Program (machine)

A program is a set of instructions used to control the behavior of a machine, often a computer (in this case it is known as a computer program).

Examples of programs include:

  • The sequence of cards used by a Jacquard loom to produce a given pattern within weaved cloth. Invented in 1801, it used holes in punched cards to represent sewing loom arm movements in order to generate decorative patterns automatically.
  • A computer program list of instructions to be executed by a computer.
  • Barrels, punched cards and music rolls encoding music to be played by player pianos, fairground organs, barrel organs and music boxes.

The execution of a program is a series of actions following the instructions it contains. Each instruction produces effects that alter the state of the machine according to its predefined meaning.

While some machines are called programmable, for example a programmable thermostat or a musical synthesizer, they are in fact just devices which allow their users to select among a fixed set of a variety of options, rather than being controlled by programs written in a language (be it textual, visual or otherwise).

Category:Computing terminology

Usage examples of "program".

The response gave him a list of programs, and an accountant friend identified the one called MAS 90 as the target--the program that would hold their list of vendors and the discount and payment terms for each.

This was to allow control rooms of affiliate stations which had not been broadcasting the network program to interrupt their local programming and take the special bulletin.

As its manifesto and program are practically identical with those of the Communist Party of America, while all its members are likewise affiliated with the Third or Moscow International, the foregoing characterization of the Communist Party applies without essential modification to the Communist Labor Party.

Chairman read from the statement yesterday that the charge against these men was disloyalty, and that they had affiliated themselves with a party whose platform and program call for an overthrow of this Government by violence, he added that we will prove this beyond the shadow of a doubt.

Socialist League, closely affiliated with the Socialist Party, planned to use disguises, if necessary, after the Socialist Party adopted its anti-war program in 1917.

It cannot be truly international unless it accords to its affiliated bodies full freedom in matters of policy and forms of struggle on the basis of such program and principles, so that the Socialists of each country may work out their problems in the light of their own peculiar economic, political and social conditions as well as the historic traditions.

Nothing Ambry was doing was against their programming and perhaps the younger man would provide the leverage they had been seeking to get the Piper to cooperate.

Those inside would not be fighting an amplified wizard so much as a program, one drawn up by the same machine that Coydt van Haas had first used and developed to create the intricate spells for Spirit, Suzl, and many others, and which New Eden had used for its conversion programs in Nantzee and Mareh.

She carried several versions of analysand in working memory, and ran the new programs through the most comprehensive of the group, barely watching the lines of code as they flickered past on the screen.

Because I believe that Anarchism can not consistently impose an iron-clad program or method on the future.

The methods of Anarchism therefore do not comprise an iron-clad program to be carried out under all circumstances.

In an analysis that is over thirty years old and conducted long before we developed the National Pharmaceutical Stockpile and early-mobilization program, the World Health Organization estimated in 1970 that the release of aerosolized anthrax over a densely populated area with 5 million people could result in 250,000 casualties, 100,000 of whom would die unless treated.

Iraq launched a bioweapons program and had managed to develop weaponized anthrax by the time of the Gulf War.

Also the program permutated the dictionary words to try each word with an appended digit, or appending the number of the current month.

In the second half of the decade, Congress appropriated some 98 percent of what the administration requested for intelligence programs.