The IMPLICIT statement changes the implicit typing rules of the Fortran compiler. Not a great favourite of structured programming weenies. There are 2 syntaxes:

IMPLICIT type (letters),
where letters is a sequence of single letters (A) or single letter ranges (I-N), separated by commas. This implicitly assigns the given type to all variables beginning with those letters (unless explicitly given some other type).
Clears all IMPLICIT statements.
You can also string together different IMPLICIT specifiers in the same statement, by separating them with commas.

The implicit IMPLICIT setting (for Fortran 77) is not "IMPLICIT NONE". If you want Ada, you know where to find it. Instead, it's "IMPLICIT INTEGER (I - N)" (though note that the language is case insensitive, so it could equally well be "IMPLICIT INTEGER (i - N)"). To remember this, either remember that the letters i,j,k,l,m,n are commonly used in mathematics for integers, or that the word INteger starts with these bounds. Thus, undeclared variables A, beta, inertia, mass, NUMBER, telescopes_ordered are, respectively, 2 REALs, 3 INTEGERs, and another REAL.

You can also use IMPLICIT for type-like settings, specifically to select implicitly STATIC or AUTOMATIC variables beginning with those letters.

IMPLICIT is a truly horrible language feature. Used with care, it will immediately lead to unreadable code. Used without care, the results are far worse. Unused, it will still lead to unreadable code, because of the implicit IMPLICIT. If IMPLICIT NONE is used, the results are still awful, because of the cargo cult programming practice that new programmers will associate with its perceived necessity in all codes.

Im*plic"it (?), a. [L. implicitus, p. p. of implicare to entwine, entangle, attach closely: cf. F. implicite. See Implicate.]


Infolded; entangled; complicated; involved.



In his woolly fleece I cling implicit. Pope.


Tacitly comprised; fairly to be understood, though not expressed in words; implied; as, an implicit contract or agreement.



Resting on another; trusting in the word or authority of another, without doubt or reserve; unquestioning; complete; as, implicit confidence; implicit obedience.

Back again to implicit faith I fall. Donne.

Implicit function. Math. See under Function.


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