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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [koh-bawl]
    • /ˈkoʊ bɔl/
    • /ˈkəʊ.bɒl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [koh-bawl]
    • /ˈkoʊ bɔl/

Definitions of cobol word

  • noun cobol a high-level computer programming language designed for general commercial use 3
  • noun cobol a computer language employing English words, used in business applications 3
  • abbreviation Technical meaning of COBOL COmmon Business Oriented Language 3
  • noun cobol a programming language particularly suited for writing programs to process large files of data, using a vocabulary of common English words, phrases, and sentences. 1
  • noun Technical meaning of cobol (language, business)   /koh'bol/ (COBOL) A programming language for simple computations on large amounts of data, designed by the CODASYL Committee in April 1960. COBOL's natural language style is intended to be largely self-documenting. It introduced the record structure. COBOL was probably the most widely used programming language during the 1960s and 1970s. Many of the major programs that required repair or replacement due to Year 2000 software rot issues were originally written in COBOL, and this was responsible for a short-lived increased demand for COBOL programmers. Even in 2002 though, new COBOL programs are still being written in some organisations and many old COBOL programs are still running in dinosaur shops. Major revisions in 1968 (ANS X3.23-1968), 1974 (ANS X3.23-1974) and 1985. 1

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Origin of cobol

First appearance:

before 1955
One of the 4% newest English words
1955-60; co(mmon) b(usiness)-o(riented) l(anguage)

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cobol popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 73% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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