1.   (character)   /enkw/ or /enk/ ENQuire. The mnemonic for ASCII character 5.

2.   (chat)   An on-line convention for querying someone's availability. After opening a chat connection to someone apparently in heavy hack mode, one might type "SYN SYN ENQ?" (the SYNs representing notional synchronisation bytes), and expect a return of ACK or NAK depending on whether or not the person felt interruptible.

Compare ping, finger.

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Last updated: 1998-01-18