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In electronic computers: </dd>
1. A system consisting of (a) a well-defined, usually finite, set of characters; (b) rules for combining characters with one another or form words or other expressions; and (c) a specific assignment of meaning to some of the words or expressions, usually for communicating information or data among a group of people, machines, etc. </dd>
2. A system similar to the above but without any specific assignment of meanings. Such systems may be distinguished from sense 1 above, when necessary, by referring to them as formal or uninterpreted languages. See code, machine language. </dd>
Although it is sometimes convenient to study a language independently of any meanings, in all practical cases at least one set of meanings is eventually assigned. [[/a>|/a> ]]


This article is based on NASA's Dictionary of Technical Terms for Aerospace Use