General Science

  • noun a statement in a BASIC program that is ignored by the interpreter, allowing the programmer to write explanatory notes.


  • In computer programming, a statement or text that is embedded for any purpose except execution. For instance, a clarifying note detailing the rationale behind a given instruction. Also called remark statement, or comment. Its abbreviation is rem (2).

Origin & History of “remark”

Remark originated in French as an intensified version of marquer, in the sense ‘observe, notice’ (French had acquired marquer from the same Germanic source as produced English mark). The sense ‘say something’ emerged from the notion of ‘making a verbal observation’. The derived remarkable (17th c.) soon developed the sense ‘extraordinary’ from its original ‘worthy of being noticed’.