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  • White Book
    n. 1. Syn. {K&R}. 2. Adobe's fourth book in the PostScript series, describing the previously-secret format of Type 1 fonts; `Adobe Type 1... VIEW ENTIRE DEFINITION


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  • padded cell
    n. Where you put {luser}s so they can't hurt anything. A program that limits a luser to a carefully restricted subset of the...FULL DEFINITION

  • sleep
    vi. 1. [techspeak] On a timesharing system, a process that relinquishes its claim on the scheduler until some given event occurs or a specified...FULL DEFINITION

  • number-crunching
    n. Computations of a numerical nature, esp. those that make extensive use of floating-point numbers. The only thing {Fortrash} is good for. ...FULL DEFINITION

  • winnitude
    /win'*-t[y]ood/ n. The quality of winning (as opposed to {winnage}, which is the result of winning). "Guess what? They tweaked the microcode and...FULL DEFINITION

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  • lace card
    n. obs. A {{punched card}} with all holes punched (also called a `whoopee card'). Card readers tended to jam when they got to...FULL DEFINITION

  • mumble
    interj. 1. Said when the correct response is too complicated to enunciate, or the speaker has not thought it out. Often prefaces a longer...FULL DEFINITION

  • language lawyer
    n. A person, usually an experienced or senior software engineer, who is intimately familiar with many or most of the numerous restrictions and features...FULL DEFINITION

  • zorkmid
    /zork'mid/ n. The canonical unit of currency in hacker-written games. This originated in {zork} but has spread to {nethack} and is referred to...FULL DEFINITION