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Assembler is a programming language used in low-level computer programming. It provides a symbolic representation of the machine code instructions that will be executed on a specific processor architecture. Unlike high-level languages, which have human-readable syntax and abstract away many details of the underlying hardware, assembly language instructions closely correspond to the architecture's machine code format and can operate directly with memory addresses or even individual bits or bytes. Assembler programs are translated into executable machine code through an assembler program, resulting in highly optimized software that can be fine-tuned for performance but often at the expense of portability between different types of processors.