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primitive data type

An elementary data structure that is supported natively by a programming language or other software development system. Strings (alphanumeric characters), integers and Boolean (yes/no) are examples of primitive data types. See primitive.



primitive

(1) See primitive data type.

(2) In computer graphics, an element that is used as a building block for creating images, such as a point, line, arc, cone or sphere.

(3) In programming, a fundamental instruction, statement or operation. See machine instruction.

(4) In microprogramming, a microinstruction, or elementary machine operation. See microcode.



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