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a programing language.
Also defined at: http://foldoc.doc.ic.ac.uk/foldoc/foldoc.cgi?query=c.
It was called "C" because many features derived from an earlier compiler named "B". In fact, C was briefly named "NB". B was itself strongly influenced by BCPL. Before Bjarne Stroustrup settled the question by designing C++, there was a humorous debate over whether C's successor should be named "D" or "P" (following B and C in "BCPL"). [Free On-Line Dictionary Of Computing (FOLDOC)]
Sorting algorithms implemented in C: