common language family

common language family

[¦käm·ən ¦laŋ·gwij ¦fam·lē]
(computer science)
Various types of business machines, capable of being operated automatically and interchangeably by the same piece of punched paper tape, are said to be of a common language family.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.