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instruction set

[in′strək·shən ‚set]
(computer science)
Also known as instruction repertory.
The set of instructions which a computing or data-processing system is capable of performing.
The set of instructions which an automatic coding system assembles.
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instruction set

(architecture)
The collection of machine language instructions that a particular processor understands.

The term is almost synonymous with "instruction set architecture" since the instructions are fairly meaningless in isolation from the registers etc. that they manipulate.
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instruction set

The group of machine language instructions that a computer can follow, which may range from a handful to several hundred. It is a fundamental architectural component of a CPU and is either built into the CPU or into microcode, a layer between the instruction set and the circuitry. The instruction length is generally from one to four bytes long. See CISC, RISC, machine language, microcode and CPU.
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