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programming (usually uncountable, plural programmings)

  1. (broadcasting) The designing, scheduling or planning of a radio or television program/programme.
    The network changed its programming to mess with DVRs again.
  2. The design and scheduling of a performance such as ballet.
    • 2000, Dance Reviews, page 218:
      Now it has become a regular part of City Ballet's programming this season.
  3. (computing) The act of writing a computer program.
    Management wanted to know how much programming the project would need.
  4. The software that controls a machine, or the logic expressed in such software; operating instructions.
    A robot's programming doesn't allow for love.
  5. Brain-washing.
  6. (psychology) A conditioned response.
    • 2016, David R. Hawkins, The Eye of the I: From Which Nothing is Hidden, page 142:
      Together with this is the influence of an infinite number of neurotransmitters, neurohormones, environmental hazards, and accidental programmings.


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  1. present participle of program
  2. present participle of programme
    I was programming a new module for the software package.
    He was programming the VCR.

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