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hack Tweet Definition of hack Like Definition of hack on Facebook
noun 
  1. (obsolete) A mattock or a miner's pick.
  2. A dry cough.
  3. (slang) A taxicab (hackney carriage) driver.
  4. (obsolete) An ordinary horse, especially an old, tired one.
  5. A small ball usually made of woven cotton or suede and filled with rice, sand or some other filler, for the use in hackeysack.
  6. (pejorative) One who is professionally successful despite producing mediocre work. (Usually applied to persons in a creative field.)
  7. (pejorative) A talented writer-for-hire, paid to put others' thoughts into felicitous language.
  8. (pejorative) An untalented writer.
Dason is nothing but a two-bit .
  1. (slang) A person incapable of completing a simple task. This person could be also referred to as someone who "sucks at life" (slightly derogatory)
  2. (computing) An interesting technical achievement, particularly in computer programming.
  3. (context, computing, slang) An illegal attempt to gain access to a computer network. (Actually called a "crack" in computer parlance).
  4. (computing) A small code change meant to patch a problem as quickly as possible.
  5. (computing) An expedient, temporary solution, meant to be replaced with a more elegant solution at a later date.
  6. (slang) Time check (military usage).
  7. (curling) The foothold device from which the person who throws the rock pushes off for delivery.
  8. (rfv-sense) (slang) A prison guard.
  9. (politics) A political agitator. (slightly derogatory) <!-- This expression was used a lot in student politics in the 1980s. I'm not sure if it is still used much. publunch
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verb 
  1. To cough noisily.
This cold is awful. I can't stop hacking.
  1. To chop or cut down in a rough manner.
They hacked the brush down and made their way through the jungle.
  1. To withstand or put up with a difficult situation.
Can you it out here with no electricity or running water?
  1. To play hackeysack.
  2. To accomplish a difficult programming task.
He can like no one else and make the program work as expected.
  1. To work with on an intimately technical level.
I'm currently hacking distributed garbage collection.
  1. To make a quick code change to patch a computer program.
I hacked in a fix for this bug, but we'll still have to do a real fix later..
  1. (sport) To be effective at a certain position or role within a sports game without being particularly graceful or with class.
Their Defender is such a 'hack', but he gets the job done
  1. (slang) To hack into; to gain unauthorized access to a computer system (e.g. website) or network by manipulating code; a "crack" in computer parlance.
adjective 
  1. (literary) Having or requiring little talent.
He's nothing but the typical writer.
I got by on work for years before I finally published my novel.
     
handshake Tweet Definition of handshake Like Definition of handshake on Facebook
noun 
  1. The grasping of hands by two people when greeting or leave-taking
  2. (computing) An exchange of signals between two devices when communications begin in order to ensure synchronization
     
hard drive Tweet Definition of hard drive Like Definition of hard drive on Facebook
noun 
  1. A device used for storing large amounts of data for a computer that persist while the computer is turned off.
     
hardware Tweet Definition of hardware Like Definition of hardware on Facebook
noun 
  1. Metal implements.
  2. Firearm.
  3. Electronic equipment.
  4. The part of a computer that is fixed and cannot be altered without replacement or physical modification; motherboard, expansion cards, etc. Compare software.
    • 1952: Hardware is the generally accepted colloquism for anything inside a computer other than an engineer. &mdash; Binary Arithmetic, R.L. Michaelson, in The Incorporated Statistician, vol. 3, no. 1 (Feb. 1952), pp 35-40.
      1. fixture, Fixtures, equipment, tool, tools and device, devices used for general purpose construction and repair of a structure or object . Also such equipment as sold as stock by a store of the same name, e.g. hardware store.
      He needed a hammer, nails, screws, nuts, bolts and other assorted , so he went to the hardware store.
     
hash Tweet Definition of hash Like Definition of hash on Facebook
noun 
  1. Food, especially meat and potatoes, chopped and mixed together.
    • 1633: Samuel Pepys, Diary
    • :I had for them, after oysters, at first course, a of rabbits, a lamb, and a rare chine of beef.
      1. A confused mess.
    • 1847: Charlotte Yonge, Scenes and Characters
    • :Oh! no, not Naylor's--the girls have made a there, as they do everything else; but we will settle her before they come out again.
      1. The
      2. symbol (octothorpe).
      3. (:Category:Jargon:Computer, computing): The key generated by a hash function.
      4. Abbreviation for hashish, a drug derived from the cannabis plant.
verb (hash, es)
  1. (transitive) To chop into small pieces, to make into a hash
    • 1749: Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling
    • :In like manner, we shall represent human nature at first to the keen appetite of our reader, in that more plain and simple manner in which it is found in the country, and shall hereafter and ragoo it with all the high French and Italian seasoning of affectation and vice which courts and cities afford.
      1. To make a quick, rough version; as in - hash up some plans = make some quick, rough plans.
adjective 
  1. Hashed, chopped into small pieces
    • 1855: William Makepeace Thackeray, The Newcomes
    • :The Colonel, himself, was great at making mutton, hot-pot, curry, and pillau.
      1. (:Category:Jargon:Computer, computing): Of or relating to the process of hashing or hash coding
     
Head Tweet Definition of Head Like Definition of Head on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. An English surname.
     
header Tweet Definition of header Like Definition of header on Facebook
noun 
  1. The upper portion of a page (or other) layout.
If you reduce the of this document, the body will fit onto a single page.
  1. Text, or other visual information, used to mark off a quantity of text, often title, titling or summarize, summarizing it.
Your is too long; "Local Cannibals" will suffice.
  1. Text, or other visual information, that goes at the top of a column of information in a table.
That column should have the "payment status".
  1. (informal) A font, text style, or typesetting used for any of the above.
Parts of speech belong in a level-three . Level-two headers are reserved for the name of the language.
  1. a brick that is laid sideways at the top of a wall or within the brickwork with the short side showing; compare stretcher
This wall has four courses.
  1. a horizontal structural or finish piece over an opening
  2. a machine that cuts the heads off of grain etc
They fed the bale into the .
  1. (soccer) the act of hitting the ball with the head
His for the goal followed a perfect corner kick.
  1. a headlong fall or jump
''The clown tripped over the other clown took a .
  1. (computing) the first part of a file or record that describes its contents
The includes an index, an identifier, and a pointer to the next entry.
  1. (networking) the first part of a packet, often containing its address and descriptors
The encapsulation layer adds an eight byte and a two byte trailer to each packet.
     
hear Tweet Definition of hear Like Definition of hear on Facebook
verb (hears, hearing, heard)
  1. To perceive with the ear, without necessarily paying attention to it.
     
high-level Tweet Definition of high-level Like Definition of high-level on Facebook
adjective (pos=high-level, -)
  1. At a high level, altitude or elevation.
  2. Of or pertaining to a person of a high social position or high rank within a hierarchy or organization.
  1. (context, computing, of a programming language) Computer instructions in a high-level language, consisting of relatively English-like commands and mathematical notations which, after compilation or interpretation, become a set of machine language instructions.
     
high-level language Tweet Definition of high-level language Like Definition of high-level language on Facebook
noun 
  1. (computing): A programming language, requiring a compiler to translate into a form a particular machine understands, focusing on user-friendly code development by automating core tasks such as accessing memory.
     
hit Tweet Definition of hit Like Definition of hit on Facebook
noun 
  1. A blow; a punch.
The was very slight.
  1. A success, especially in the entertainment industry.
The band played their song to the delight of the fans.
  1. An attack on a location.
  2. (baseball) The complete play, when the batter reaches base without the benefit of a walk, error, or fielder"s choice.
The catcher got a to lead off the fifth.
  1. (colloquial) A dose of an illegal or addictive drug.
Where am I going to get my next ?
verb (hits, hitting, hit)
  1. To administer a blow to.
One boy the other.
  1. To come into contact with forcefully and suddenly.
The ball the fence.
  1. To manage to touch in the right place.
I the jackpot.
  1. To kill a person on the instructions of a third party.
Hit him tonight and throw the body in the river.
  1. (cards) In blackjack, to deal a card to.
Hit me.
  1. (baseball) To come up to bat.
Jones for the pitcher.
  1. (colloquial) To go (somewhere).
We the grocery store on the way to the park.
  1. (colloquial) To begin; to start; to open.
The movie hits theaters in December.
  1. (context, computing, programming) To use.
The external web servers DBSRV7, the internal web server hits DBSRV3.
  1. To affect negatively.
The economy was by a recession.
  1. (context, figurative, US, slang) To have sex with.
I'd that.
     
home computer Tweet Definition of home computer Like Definition of home computer on Facebook
noun 
  1. a computer intended for use in the home
     
housekeeping Tweet Definition of housekeeping Like Definition of housekeeping on Facebook
noun 
  1. The chores of maintaining a house as a residence, especially cleaning.
  2. Any general tasks that involve preparation.
    The computer program does some general involving initializing variables and opening files before beginning the main processing.
     
HTML Tweet Definition of HTML Like Definition of HTML on Facebook
initialism 
  1. w:HTML, HyperText? Markup Language; a set of tags and rules used in developing hypertext documents to be presented on the World Wide Web, allowing incorporation of text, graphics, sound, video, and hyperlinks. Internet browsers read HTML to know what they should display.
     
HTTP Tweet Definition of HTTP Like Definition of HTTP on Facebook
initialism 
  1. Hyper Text Transfer Protocol, the protocol used most commonly to transfer web pages and accompanying data over the Internet
     
hybrid computer Tweet Definition of hybrid computer Like Definition of hybrid computer on Facebook
noun 
  1. A computer that features the best characteristics of the analog computer and digital computer.
     
hyperlink Tweet Definition of hyperlink Like Definition of hyperlink on Facebook
noun 
  1. A link from one electronic document to another that can be triggered by the user.
  2. (Internet) An area on a web page that can be triggered, usually by clicking, to cause another document to load in the browser.
verb 
  1. To add a hyperlink to text or images.
     
hypertext Tweet Definition of hypertext Like Definition of hypertext on Facebook
noun 
  1. Text, in a form readable by a web browser, in which the reader may navigate from one passage to another by clicking on hyperlinks within the text.
     

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