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gorilla arm

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grep

verb - ambitransitive

  • in a non-computing context, to search.
    Could you grep the menu for something vegan while I go to the bathroom?
    This definition is questionable and is pending deletion. It will be saved from deletion if legitimate citations are found.

    Last edited on May 01 2013. Submitted by WalterGR (via TheJargonFile) on Aug 14 2009.

  • in a computing context, to search "manually" - i.e. by looking rather than using a computer program specifically intended for searching.
    I like GUIs because I can grep them visually for what I'm looking for.

    Last edited on Nov 10 2011. Submitted by Walter Rader (Editor) from Sacramento, CA, USA on Nov 10 2011.

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  • From the name of a Unix utility used to scan files in search of particular content. ("Grep" itself means "global regular expression print".)

    Last edited on May 01 2013. Submitted by WalterGR (via TheJargonFile) on Aug 14 2009.

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grok

verb - transitive

  • to understand or comprehend on a very deep, fundamental level.
    I totally grok the theory of relativity.
    My boss groks C++.
                                                                  

    Citation from "Arthur, Interrupted", The Tick (TV), Season 1 Episode 1 (2002) blacked out to resolve Google's penalty against this site.

    Last edited on Oct 14 2011. Submitted by Jon R. from Denver, CO, USA on Dec 09 1998.

  • used of computer programs, to be able to handle.
    Not many web browsers grok Gopher any more.

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

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guiltware

noun - uncountable

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hacker

noun

  • while "hacker" originally had positive connotations, it has since come to refer to individuals who sometimes use computers with malicious intent. For example, a person who breaks into computers that they do not have official access to.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

    Citation from "Reeling in the hackers", The Irish Times, Karlin Lillington, February 19 2010 blacked out to resolve Google's penalty against this site.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

    Citation from Communications of the ACM, Volume 27 (1984) blacked out to resolve Google's penalty against this site.

    Last edited on Nov 15 2011. Submitted by Charles B. from Westminster, CO, USA on Jun 16 1999.

  • an expert or enthusiast of any kind, provided it involves hands-on work.
    She calls herself a "culinary hacker."

    Last edited on Nov 15 2011. Submitted by Walter Rader (Editor) from Sacramento, CA, USA on Aug 14 2009.

  • a person who is very good at programming.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

    Citation from Communications of the ACM, Volume 27 (1984) blacked out to resolve Google's penalty against this site.

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

  • a person who enjoys exploring computers, making them work better than ever before, and making them solve problems that they've never solved before.

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

  • a person who enjoys creatively overcoming or circumventing limitations.
    He's a pretty good padlock hacker.

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

  • a person who is an expert at a particular computer program or computing technology.
    You should ask Tim. He's a real MATLAB hacker.
    I'm trying to become a well-known C++ hacker.

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

  • a person who frequently does work on a computer, using a particular computer program.
    He's a Unix hacker.

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

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