[pro.gram] n [F programme agenda, public notice, fr. Gk programma, fr. prographein to write before, fr. pro- before + graphein to write--more at carve] (1633) 1 [LL programma, fr. Gk]: a public notice
2. a: a brief usu. printed outline of the order to be followed, of the features to be presented, and the persons participating (as in a public exercise or performance) b: the performance of a program; esp: a performance broadcast on radio or television
3: a plan or system under which action may be taken toward a goal
5: prospectus, syllabus
6. a: a plan for the programming of a mechanism (as a computer) b: a sequence of coded instructions that can be inserted into a mechanism (as a computer); also: such a sequence that is part of an organism's genotype or behavioral repertoire
program also programme vt -grammed or -gramed ; -gram.ming or -gram.ing (1896) 1 a: to arrange or furnish a program of or for: bill b: to enter in a program
2: to work out a sequence of operations to be performed by (a mechanism): provide with a program 3 a: to insert a program for (a particular action) into or as if into a mechanism b: to control by or as if by a program c (1): to code in an organism's program (2): to provide with a biological program "cells programmed to synthesize hemoglobin"
4: to predetermine the thinking, behavior, or operations of as if by computer programming "children are programmed into violence --Lisa A. Richette" -- pro.gram.ma.bil.i.ty n -- pro.gram.ma.ble adj or n