from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • An island of Indonesia separated from Borneo by the Java Sea, an arm of the western Pacific Ocean. Center of an early Hindu Javanese civilization, Java was converted to Islam before the arrival of the Europeans (mainly the Dutch) in the late 16th century.
  • A trademark used for a programming language designed to develop applications, especially ones for the Internet, that can operate on different platforms.

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  • proper n. An island of Indonesia in the Malay Archipelago.
  • proper n. An object-oriented, garbage-collected computer programming language.
  • proper n. JavaScript, when no distinction is made between it and Java.
  • n. A chicken of the Java breed which was developed in the United States.


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Possibly from Sanskrit  (yava-dvipa, "island of barley"). Used in reference to coffee grown on Java and nearby islands since at least 1850.


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