a higher programming language with an instruction set designed for ease of expression of mathematical functions, much used in programming of scientific and mathematical problems.
An acronym for FORmula TRANslator, the first widely used high-level programming language. Intended primarily for use in solving technical problems in mathematics, engineering, and science.
FORmula TRANslation - The original scientific programming language. FORTRAN 77 (an earlier dialect) lacks modern features (such as dynamic memory allocation) but is in wide-spread use. Fortran 90/95 is a much better version, but is less widly used.