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  • burn-in period
    n. 1. A factory test designed to catch systems with {marginal} components before they get out the door; the theory is that burn-in will... VIEW ENTIRE DEFINITION

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    creeping elegance

    n. Describes a tendency for parts of a design to become elegant past the point of diminishing return. This often happens at the expense of the less interesting parts of the design, the schedule, and other things deemed important in the Real World. See also creeping featurism, {second-system effect}, tense.