/keuhm puy"leuhr/, n.
1. a person who compiles.
2. Also called compiling routine. Computers. a computer program that translates a program written in a high-level language into another language, usually machine language. Cf. interpreter (def. 3a).
[1300-50; ME compilour < AF; OF compileor < LL compilator-. See COMPILE, -ER2]

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Computer software that translates (compiles) source code written in a high-level language (e.g., C++) into a set of machine-language instructions that can be understood by a digital computer's CPU.

Compilers are very large programs, with error-checking and other abilities. Some compilers translate high-level language into an intermediate assembly language, which is then translated (assembled) into machine code by an assembly program or assembler. Other compilers generate machine language directly.

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