command interpreter



  • noun a program within an operating system that recognises a set of system commands and controls the processor, screen, and storage devices accordingly. For example when you type in the command ‘DIR’, the command interpreter asks the disk drive for a list of files and instructs the monitor to display the list.


  • A program, which is part of the operating system of a computer, that accepts a given number of commands for the performance of programmed tasks. Such a program may, for example, be used to load an application. Also called command processor.
  • synonymcommand processor