compile
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /kəmpʌɪl/
  • (America) IPA: /kəmˈpaɪl/
Verb

compile (compiles, present participle compiling; past and past participle compiled)

  1. (transitive) To put together; to assemble; to make by gathering things from various sources.
    Samuel Johnson compiled one of the most influential dictionaries of the English language.
  2. (obsolete) To construct, build.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.3:
      Before that Merlin dyde, he did intend / A brasen wall in compas to compyle / About Cairmardin [...].
  3. (transitive, programming) To use a compiler to process source code and produce executable code.
    After I compile this program I'll run it and see if it works.
  4. (intransitive, programming) To be successfully processed by a compiler into executable code.
    There must be an error in my source code because it won't compile.
  5. (obsolete, transitive) To contain or comprise.
    • Which these six books compile.
  6. (obsolete) To write; to compose.
Translations Translations Noun

compile (plural compiles)

  1. (programming) An act of compiling code.
    • 2007, Scott Meyers, Mike Lee, MAC OS X Leopard: Beyond the Manual
      Any file with an error or warning on it will be added to this smart group until the next compile.



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