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Meaning of EXECUTABLE

 
Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Ex"e*cu`ta*ble\, a.
Capable of being executed; feasible; as, an executable
project. [R.]

 
Computing Dictionary
 
 Definition: 

A binary file containing a program in machine language which is ready to be executed (run).

The term might also be, but generally isn't, applied to scripts which are interpreted by a command line interpreter. Executables are distinguished in unix by having the execute permission bits set, at least for the owner. ms-dos uses the filename extension ".exe".

 

 

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