Sinonimi: interpretive program
A program that translates and then executes each statement in a program written in an interpreted language. See also compiler, interpreted language, language processor.
(Computer science) A program that translates and executes source language statements one line at a time; SYN. interpretive program.
A system program that converts and executes each instruction of a high-level language program into machine code as it runs, before going onto the next instruction.
Computer program that translates and executes a program written in a high-level language. Unlike a compiler, which produces a complete machine-code translation of the high-level program in one operation, an interpreter translates the source program, instruction by instruction, each time that program is run.
Because each instruction must be translated each time the source program is run, interpreted programs run far more slowly than do compiled programs. However, unlike compiled programs, they can be executed immediately without waiting for an intermediate compilation stage.
ETYM Cf. Old Fren. entrepreteur, Latin interpretator.
1. Someone who mediates between speakers of different languages; SYN. translator.
2. Someone who uses art to represent something.