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  • handwave
    [poss. from gestures characteristic of stage magicians] 1. v. To gloss over a complex point; to distract a listener; to support a (possibly actually... VIEW ENTIRE DEFINITION


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  • orthogonal
    [from mathematics] adj. Mutually independent; well separated; sometimes, irrelevant to. Used in a generalization of its mathematical meaning to describe sets of primitives...FULL DEFINITION

  • COME FROM
    n. A semi-mythical language construct dual to the `go to'; `COME FROM'

  • considered harmful
    adj. Edsger W. Dijkstra's note in the March 1968 `Communications of the ACM', "Goto Statement Considered Harmful", fired the first salvo in the structuredFULL DEFINITION

  • daemon
    /day'mn/ or /dee'mn/ [from the mythological meaning, later rationalized as the acronym `Disk And Execution MONitor'] n. A program that is not invoked explicitly,...FULL DEFINITION

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  • N
    /N/ quant. 1. A large and indeterminate number of objects "There were N bugs in that crock!" Also used in its original sense...FULL DEFINITION

  • regexp
    /reg'eksp/ [UNIX] n. (alt. `regex' or `reg-ex') 1. Common written and spoken abbreviation for `regular expression', one of the wildcard patterns used, e.g., by...FULL DEFINITION

  • livelock
    /liv'lok/ n. A situation in which some critical stage of a task is unable to finish because its clients perpetually create more work for...FULL DEFINITION

  • kremvax
    /krem-vaks/ [from the then large number of {USENET} {VAXen} with names of the form foovax] n. Originally, a fictitious USENET site at the Kremlin,...FULL DEFINITION