[Haskell-cafe] definition of the term "combinator"

John Wiegley johnw at fpcomplete.com
Sat Aug 24 07:37:14 CEST 2013

>>>>> Jason Dagit <dagitj at gmail.com> writes:

>     Where can I find a formal and precise definition of the term
>     "combinator",

A function that uses nothing but its arguments.

>     as a term used by the Haskell community to describe "something"?

I find that Haskellers often use combinator to mean "a function that makes new
functions out of other functions", which it can often do as a pure combinator,
but isn't always a combinator per se.

John Wiegley
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