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  • DWIM
    /dwim/ [acronym, `Do What I Mean'] 1. adj. Able to guess, sometimes even correctly, the result intended when bogus input was provided. 2.... VIEW ENTIRE DEFINITION


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  • filk
    /filk/ [from SF fandom, where a typo for `folk' was adopted as a new word] n.,v. A `filk' is a popular or folk song ...FULL DEFINITION

  • flag day
    n. A software change that is neither forward- nor backward-compatible, and which is costly to make and costly to reverse. "Can we install...FULL DEFINITION

  • SPACEWAR
    n. A space-combat simulation game, inspired by E. E. "Doc" Smith's "Lensman" books, in which two spaceships duel around a central sun, shooting torpedoes...FULL DEFINITION

  • trap door
    alt. `trapdoor' n. 1. Syn. {back door} --- a {Bad Thing}. 2. [techspeak] A `trap-door function' is one which is easy to compute...FULL DEFINITION

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  • feature shock
    [from Alvin Toffler's book title `Future Shock'] n. A user's (or programmer's!) confusion when confronted with a package that has too many features...FULL DEFINITION

  • dike
    vt. To remove or disable a portion of something, as a wire from a computer or a subroutine from a program. A standard slogan ...FULL DEFINITION

  • K-line
    [IRC] v. To ban a particular person from an {IRC} server, usually for grossly bad {netiquette}. Comes from the `K' code used...FULL DEFINITION

  • OS
    /O-S/ 1. [Operating System] n. An abbreviation heavily used in email, occasionally in speech. 2. n.,obs. On ITS, an output spy. See ...FULL DEFINITION