/big'nuhm/ [orig. from MIT MacLISP] n. 1. [techspeak] A
multiple-precision computer representation for very large integers.
More generally, any very large number. "Have...
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View Definition: retcon retcon /ret'kon/ [`retroactive continuity', from the USENET
newsgroup rec.arts.comics] 1. n. The common situation in pulp
fiction (esp. comics or soap operas) where a new story
`reveals' things about events in previous stories, usually
leaving the `facts' the same (thus preserving continuity) while
completely changing their interpretation. For example, revealing
that a whole season of "Dallas" was a dream was a retcon.
2. vt. To write such a story about a character or fictitious
object. "Byrne has retconned Superman's cape so that it is no
longer unbreakable." "Marvelman's old adventures were retconned
into synthetic dreams." "Swamp Thing was retconned from a
transformed person into a sentient vegetable." "Darth Vader was
retconned into Luke Skywalker's father in "The Empire Strikes
[This is included because it is a good example of hackish
linguistic innovation in a field completely unrelated to computers.
The word `retcon' will probably spread through comics fandom and
lose its association with hackerdom within a couple of years; for
the record, it started here. --- ESR]