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  • grok
    /grok/, var. /grohk/ [from the novel `Stranger in a Strange Land', by Robert A. Heinlein, where it is a Martian word meaning literally `to... VIEW ENTIRE DEFINITION


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  • automagically
    /aw-toh-maj'i-klee/ or /aw-toh-maj'i-k*l-ee/ adv. Automatically, but in a way that, for some reason (typically because it is too complicated, or too ugly, or perhaps...FULL DEFINITION

  • syntactic sugar
    [coined by Peter Landin] n. Features added to a language or other formalism to make it `sweeter' for humans, that do not affect the...FULL DEFINITION

  • nano
    /nan'oh/ [CMU from `nanosecond'] n. A brief period of time. "Be with you in a nano" means you really will be free shortly,...FULL DEFINITION

  • stack
    n. A person's stack is the set of things he or she has to do in the future. One speaks of the next project to be...FULL DEFINITION

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  • English
    1. n.,obs. The source code for a program, which may be in any language, as opposed to the linkable or executable binary produced from...FULL DEFINITION

  • overflow bit
    n. 1. [techspeak] On some processors, an attempt to calculate a result too large for a register to hold causes a particular {flag} called...FULL DEFINITION

  • round tape
    n. Industry-standard 1/2" magnetic tape (7- or 9-track) on traditional circular reels; oppose {square tape}.

  • kremvax
    /krem-vaks/ [from the then large number of {USENET} {VAXen} with names of the form foovax] n. Originally, a fictitious USENET site at the Kremlin,...FULL DEFINITION