high-level language

high-level language
a problem-oriented language requiring little knowledge of the computer on which it will be run

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a problem-oriented programming language, as COBOL, FORTRAN, or PL/1, that uses English-like statements and symbols to create sequences of computer instructions and identify memory locations, rather than the machine-specific individual instruction codes and numerical addresses employed by machine language.

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high-level language noun (computing)
A computer-programming language that allows a user to employ instructions in a form similar to natural language rather than using machine code
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high-level language,
a computer programming language which employs terms and grammar often found in the vocabulary of the user: »

COBOL and FORTRAN are examples of high-level languages which aim to be independent of the machine, oriented to specific applications, and relatively simple to understand, as they use English words like “open” and “assign” (New Scientist).

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