- A programming language that more closely resembles human language than machine code. Such languages are designed to address specific classes of problems, and are essentially hardware-independent. Although high-level languages are easier to write and maintain, they must be translated into machine language by a compiler or interpreter. Examples include Fortran, C, LISP, and pascal. Its abbreviation is HLL. Also called high-level programming language, high-order language, or high-level computer language.
- synonym high-order language
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