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brain dump

noun

  • the act of telling a person or group everything one knows about a particular topic. "Brain dumps" are often informal and given extemporaneously. Sometimes used when "onboarding" someone.
    Can I get a brain dump on the new communications infrastructure used in the client?

    Last edited on Nov 04 2011. Submitted by WalterGR (via TheJargonFile) on Aug 14 2009.

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brick

adjective

  • very cold. Usually only used to describe the temperature of a place, e.g. the weather or indoors in a particular location.
    It's brick outside today.
    • See more words with the same meaning: cold.

    Last edited on Mar 23 1999. Submitted by Meeka B. from Harlem, NY, USA on Mar 23 1999.

noun

  • an unintelligent person. Derived from "dumb as a brick."
    That kid is such a brick!

    Last edited on May 15 2002. Submitted by tim g. from Duluth, MN, USA on May 15 2002.

  • a basketball shot in which the ball bounces off the backboard and/or hits the rim, but does not go though the net.
    He keeps on hitting bricks.
    Brick!

    Last edited on Jan 27 2003. Submitted by Fox from Queens, NY, USA on Jan 27 2003.

  • a large quantity of drugs packaged in a brick shape, especially cocaine.
    I'm gonna buy some bricks tonight.
    • See more words with the same meaning: cocaine.
    • See more words with the same meaning: drugs.

    Last edited on Aug 04 2013. Submitted by Terry S. from Long Island City, NY, USA on Mar 08 2003.

  • an external power transformer that provides power from a wall socket to a laptop, wireless router, projector, etc.

    Last edited on Nov 04 2011. Submitted by WalterGR (via TheJargonFile) on Aug 14 2009.

  • a piece of electronic equipment that has been rendered inoperable. This usually happens when trying to update the firmware or BIOS of the device, when "jail-breaking", installing new cell-phone ROMs, etc.
    I tried to run some program I got off the web to turn my phone into a wireless hotspot. Now it's a brick.
    • See more words with the same meaning: broken.
    • See more words with the same meaning: computer slang.

    Last edited on Nov 04 2011. Submitted by WalterGR (via TheJargonFile) on Aug 14 2009.

  • a large cellphone.

    Last edited on Sep 21 2009. Submitted by Walter Rader (Editor) from Sacramento, CA, USA on Sep 21 2009.

  • a reliable person. British slang.
    You can always rely on Joe - he's such a brick.

    Last edited on Aug 04 2013. Submitted by Anonymous on Aug 04 2013.

verb - ambitransitive

  • To bail, ditch, let down, not show up or do something as promised/agreed to.
    Yeah, Annie planned the whole thing, but now she's bricking.
    Yo, looks like he's gonna brick on the party, but the rest of us are coming.
    Yeah, she planned the whole thing, but then she just bricked.

    Last edited on Jun 03 2013. Submitted by Anonymous on Dec 23 2012.

verb - transitive

  • to hit with bricks.
    James's car got bricked last night.

    Last edited on Aug 04 2013. Submitted by Key on Mar 21 2006.

  • to render a (usually portable) electronic device unusable - i.e. as useful as a brick.
    I bricked my iPhone trying to jailbreak it.

    Last edited on Aug 04 2013. Submitted by Walter Rader (Editor) from Sacramento, CA, USA on Aug 03 2009.

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brute force

adjective

  • non-elegant, in a way that solves a problem using the sheer amount of computer processing available, rather than finding (or inventing) a smarter technique.
    I was tired of reading CRLS, so I wrote a quick-and-dirty brute force algorithm.

    Last edited on Nov 04 2011. Submitted by WalterGR (via TheJargonFile) on Aug 14 2009.

verb - transitive

  • to solve a problem in the adjective sense described above.
    I was tired of reading CRLS, so I just brute-forced it.

    Last edited on Nov 04 2011. Submitted by Walter Rader (Editor) from Sacramento, CA, USA on Nov 04 2011.

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careware

noun - uncountable

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chrome

adjective

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    hot or fine.
    Man! that dog is chrome!

    Last edited on Nov 15 2011. Submitted by Larry K. from Virginia, USA on Oct 18 2002.

noun - uncountable

  • This definition is questionable and is pending deletion. It will be saved from deletion if legitimate citations are found.

    features added to something to make it nicer, but which don't affect the core functionality.

    Last edited on Nov 15 2011. Submitted by WalterGR (via TheJargonFile) on Aug 14 2009.

  • in computing, the "windows decorations" around the contents of a window. For example, the border, scrollbar, and title.

    Last edited on Nov 15 2011. Submitted by Walter Rader (Editor) from Sacramento, CA, USA on Nov 15 2011.

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clobber

verb - transitive

  • to strike a heavy blow.
    His car got clobbered by a freight train.
                                                                      

    Citation from "Sally Teel", Sons of Tucson (TV, 2010), Season 1 Episode 12 blacked out to resolve Google's penalty against this site.

    Last edited on Aug 02 2010. Submitted by Daniel D. on Oct 28 2003.

  • in computing: to overwrite data, usually unintentionally.
    I walked off the end of the array and clobbered the stack.
                                                                                                                            

    Citation from Common LISPcraft (book), Robert Wilensky, 1986 blacked out to resolve Google's penalty against this site.

    Last edited on Nov 15 2011. Submitted by WalterGR (via TheJargonFile) on Aug 14 2009.

  • to defeat.
    The Bears clobbered the Cardinal.

    Last edited on Jan 05 2011. Submitted by Walter Rader (Editor) from Sacramento, CA, USA on Sep 02 2009.

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considered harmful

adjective

  • phrasing used to espouse the belief that something is (or should be) considered a bad idea. Used in tech circles, the expression is a nod to Edsger W. Dijkstra's March 1968 note in Communications of the ACM called: Goto Statement Considered Harmful.
    Getting wasted considered harmful.
    "Getting wasted considered harmful" considered harmful.

    Last edited on Nov 05 2011. Submitted by WalterGR (via TheJargonFile) on Aug 14 2009.

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