1. A program used primarily to create, manipulate,
modify, or analyse other programs, such as a compiler or an
editor or a cross-referencing program. Opposite: app,
2. A Unix application program
with a simple, "transparent"
(typically text-stream) interface designed specifically to be
used in programmed combination with other tools (see filter
3. (MIT: general to students there) To work; to
study (connotes tedium). The TMRC Dictionary defined this
as "to set one's brain to the grindstone". See hack.
4. (MIT) A student who studies too much and
hacks too little. MIT's student humour magazine rejoices in
the name "Tool and Die".
Last updated: 1996-12-12
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