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(for’ tran) FORmula TRANslation; a high-level language designed to simplify programming for digital computers. Designed for solving algebraic problems and for scientific procedural programming. Fortran has developed by a series of improvements since the base language (Fortran 66) was introduced. Fortran 77 added string capabilities and Fortran 90 and 95 added array processing and free-form syntax. Fortran HPF (High-Performance Fortran) is designed for parallel processing.