machine language

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machine language (countable and uncountable, plural machine languages)

  1. (programming) The set of instructions that a particular computer is designed to execute; generated from an assembly language by an assembler, or from a high-level language by a compiler or interpreter.
    • 1979 Apple II Reference Manual, Cupertino, Apple Computer Inc., p. 48
      Machine language is certainly the most efficient language on the Apple, albeit the least pleasant in which to code. The Monitor has special facilities for those of you who are determined to use machine language to simplify creating, writing, and debugging machine language programs.
    • 1986, Lawrence S. Orilia, Computers and Information:
      Though machine language is efficient for computers, it is inefficient for programmers.