source code
  • noun a set of codes written by a programmer that cannot be directly executed by a computer but has to be translated into an object code program by a compiler or interpreter
  • A set of programming instructions and statements that are expressed in a form suitable for input into an assembler, compiler, or translator, which in turn transforms said code into machine code. Source code is usually written in a high-level or assembly language which is understandable by humans, while only machine code can be directly executed by the CPU. Also called source (5), or code (3).

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