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  • big iron
    n. Large, expensive, ultra-fast computers. Used generally of {number-crunching} supercomputers such as Crays, but can include more conventional big commercial IBMish mainframes. ... VIEW ENTIRE DEFINITION


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  • funky
    adj. Said of something that functions, but in a slightly strange, klugey way. It does the job and would be difficult to change,...FULL DEFINITION

  • epsilon
    [see {delta}] 1. n. A small quantity of anything. "The cost is epsilon." 2. adj. Very small, negligible; less than {marginal}. ...FULL DEFINITION

  • Dragon Book
    n. The classic text `Compilers Principles, Techniques and Tools', by Alfred V. Aho, Ravi Sethi, and Jeffrey D. Ullman (Addison-Wesley 1986; ISBN 0-201-10088-6), so...FULL DEFINITION

  • app
    /ap/ n. Short for `application program', as opposed to a systems program. What systems vendors are forever chasing developers to create for their...FULL DEFINITION

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  • JR[LN]
    /J-R-L/, /J-R-N/ n. The names JRL and JRN were sometimes used as example names when discussing a kind of user ID used under {{TOPS-10}}...FULL DEFINITION

  • vadding
    /vad'ing/ [from VAD, a permutation of ADV (i.e., {ADVENT}), used to avoid a particular {admin}'s continual search-and-destroy sweeps for the game] n. A leisure-time...FULL DEFINITION

  • wango
    /wang'goh/ n. Random bit-level {grovel}ling going on in a system during some unspecified operation. Often used in combination with {mumble}. For example...FULL DEFINITION

  • bit
    [from the mainstream meaning and `Binary digIT'] n. 1. [techspeak] The unit of information; the amount of information obtained by asking a yes-or-no question...FULL DEFINITION