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defenestration


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
 
  defenestration  n.  [mythically  from  a  traditional  Czech 
  assasination  method,  via  SF  fandom]  1.  Proper  karmic  retribution 
  for  an  incorrigible  punster.  "Oh,  ghod,  that  was  _awful_!"  "Quick! 
  Defenestrate  him!"  2.  The  act  of  exiting  a  window  system  in  order  to 
  get  better  response  time  from  a  full-screen  program.  This  comes  from 
  the  dictionary  meaning  of  `defenestrate',  which  is  to  throw  something  out 
  a  window.  3.  The  act  of  discarding  something  under  the  assumption  that 
  it  will  improve  matters.  "I  don't  have  any  disk  space  left."  "Well, 
  why  don't  you  defenestrate  that  100  megs  worth  of  old  core  dumps?" 
  4.  Under  a  GUI,  the  act  of  dragging  something  out  of  a  window  (onto 
  the  screen).  "Next,  defenestrate  the  MugWump  icon."  5.  The  act  of 
  completely  removing  Micro$oft  Windows  from  a  PC  in  favor  of  a  better  OS 
  (typically  Linux). 
 
 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  defenestration 
 
    (From  the  traditional  Czechoslovakian  method  of 
  assassinating  prime  ministers,  via  SF  fandom)  1.  Proper  karmic 
  retribution  for  an  incorrigible  punster.  "Oh,  ghod,  that  was 
  *awful*!"  "Quick!  Defenestrate  him!" 
 
  2.  The  act  of  exiting  a  window  system  in  order  to  get  better 
  response  time  from  a  full-screen  program.  This  comes  from  the 
  dictionary  meaning  of  "defenestrate",  which  is  to  throw 
  something  out  a  window. 
 
  3.  The  act  of  discarding  something  under  the  assumption  that 
  it  will  improve  matters.  "I  don't  have  any  disk  space  left." 
  "Well,  why  don't  you  defenestrate  that  100  megs  worth  of  old 
  core  dumps?" 
 
  [{Jargon  File}] 
 
  (1996-05-13) 
 
 




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