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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Babel  \Ba"bel\,  n.  [Heb.  B[=a]bel,  the  name  of  the  capital  of 
  Babylonia;  in  Genesis  associated  with  the  idea  of 
  ``confusion''] 
  1.  The  city  and  tower  in  the  land  of  Shinar,  where  the 
  confusion  of  languages  took  place 
 
  Therefore  is  the  name  of  it  called  Babel.  --Gen.  xi 
  9. 
 
  2.  Hence:  A  place  or  scene  of  noise  and  confusion;  a  confused 
  mixture  of  sounds,  as  of  voices  or  languages. 
 
  That  babel  of  strange  heathen  languages.  --Hammond. 
 
  The  grinding  babel  of  the  street.  --R.  L. 
  Stevenson. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  babel 
  n  1:  a  confusion  of  voices  and  other  sounds 
  2:  (Genesis  11:1-11)  a  tower  built  by  Noah's  descendants 
  (probably  in  Babylon)  who  intended  it  to  reach  up  to 
  heaven;  God  foiled  them  by  confusing  their  language  so 
  they  could  no  longer  understand  one  another  [syn:  {Tower 
  of  Babel},  {Babel}] 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  BABEL 
 
  1.  A  subset  of  {ALGOL  60},  with  many  {ALGOL  W}  extensions. 
 
  ["BABEL,  A  New  Programming  Language",  R.S.  Scowen  Natl  Phys 
  Lab  UK  Report  CCU7,  1969]. 
 
  2.  Mentioned  in  The  Psychology  of  Computer  Programming, 
  G.M.  Weinberg  Van  Nostrand  1971,  p.241. 
 
  3.  A  language  based  on  {higher-order  function}s  and 
  {first-order  logic}. 
 
  ["Graph-Based  Implementation  of  a  Functional  Logic  Language", 
  H.  Kuchen  et  al  Proc  ESOP  90,  LNCS  432,  Springer  1990, 
  pp.271-290]. 
 
  ["Logic  Programming  with  Functions  and  Predicates:  The 
  Language  BABEL",  Moreno-Navarro  et  al  J  Logic  Prog  12(3)  (Feb 
  1992)]. 
 
  (1994-11-28) 
 
 
 
  From  Hitchcock's  Bible  Names  Dictionary  (late  1800's)  [hitchcock]: 
 
  Babel,  confusion;  mixture 
 




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