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


  •  View Definition: rain dance 

    rain dance


    n. 1. Any ceremonial action taken to correct a hardware problem, with the expectation that nothing will be accomplished. This especially applies to reseating printed circuit boards, reconnecting cables, etc. "I can't boot up the machine. We'll have to wait for Greg to do his rain dance." 2. Any arcane sequence of actions performed with computers or software in order to achieve some goal; the term is usually restricted to rituals that include both an incantation or two and physical activity or motion. Compare magic, voodoo programming, {black art}.