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  • gonkulator
    /gon'kyoo-lay-tr/ [from the old "Hogan's Heroes" TV series] n. A pretentious piece of equipment that actually serves no useful purpose. Usually used to... VIEW ENTIRE DEFINITION

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  • hair
    [back-formation from {hairy}] n. The complications that make something hairy. "Decoding {TECO} commands requires a certain amount of hair." Often seen in...FULL DEFINITION

  • coefficient of X
    n. Hackish speech makes rather heavy use of pseudo-mathematical metaphors. Four particularly important ones involve the terms `coefficient', `factor', `index', and ...FULL DEFINITION

  • zip
    [primarily MS-DOS] vt. To create a compressed archive from a group of files using PKWare's PKZIP or a compatible archiver. Its use is...FULL DEFINITION

  • massage
    vt. Vague term used to describe `smooth' transformations of a data set into a different form, esp. transformations that do not lose information. ...FULL DEFINITION

  • i14y
    // n. Abbrev. for `interoperability', with the `14' replacing fourteen letters. Used in the {X} (windows) community. Refers to portability and compatibility...FULL DEFINITION

  • Eris
    /e'ris/ n. The Greek goddess of Chaos, Discord, Confusion, and Things You Know Not Of; her name was latinized to Discordia and she was...FULL DEFINITION

  • BSD
    /B-S-D/ n. [abbreviation for `Berkeley System Distribution'] a family of {{UNIX}} versions for the DEC {VAX} and PDP-11 developed by Bill Joy and others...FULL DEFINITION

  • quantum bogodynamics
    /kwon'tm boh`goh-di-nam'iks/ n. A theory that characterizes the universe in terms of bogon sources (such as politicians, used-car salesmen, TV evangelists, and {suit}s inFULL DEFINITION