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demigod


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Demigod  \Dem"i*god\,  n. 
  A  half  god,  or  an  inferior  deity;  a  fabulous  hero,  the 
  offspring  of  a  deity  and  a  mortal. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  demigod 
  n  1:  a  person  with  great  powers  and  abilities  [syn:  {superman},  {Ubermensch}] 
  2:  a  person  who  is  part  mortal  and  part  god  [syn:  {daemon}] 
 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
 
  demigod  n.  A  hacker  with  years  of  experience,  a  world-wide 
  reputation,  and  a  major  role  in  the  development  of  at  least  one  design, 
  tool,  or  game  used  by  or  known  to  more  than  half  of  the  hacker  community. 
  To  qualify  as  a  genuine  demigod,  the  person  must  recognizably  identify 
  with  the  hacker  community  and  have  helped  shape  it  Major  demigods 
  include  Ken  Thompson  and  Dennis  Ritchie  (co-inventors  of  {{Unix}}  and 
  {C}),  Richard  M.  Stallman  (inventor  of  {EMACS}),  Larry  Wall  (inventor 
  of  {Perl}),  Linus  Torvalds  (inventor  of  {Linux}),  and  most  recently 
  James  Gosling  (inventor  of  Java,  {NeWS},  and  {GOSMACS})  and  Guido  van 
  Rossum  (inventor  of  {Python}).  In  their  hearts  of  hearts,  most  hackers 
  dream  of  someday  becoming  demigods  themselves,  and  more  than  one  major 
  software  project  has  been  driven  to  completion  by  the  author's  veiled 
  hopes  of  apotheosis.  See  also  {net.god},  {true-hacker}. 
 
 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  demigod 
 
    A  hacker  with  years  of  experience,  a  national 
  reputation,  and  a  major  role  in  the  development  of  at  least 
  one  design,  tool,  or  game  used  by  or  known  to  more  than  half 
  of  the  hacker  community.  To  qualify  as  a  genuine  demigod,  the 
  person  must  recognisably  identify  with  the  hacker  community 
  and  have  helped  shape  it  Major  demigods  include  {Ken 
  Thompson}  and  {Dennis  Ritchie}  (co-inventors  of  {Unix}  and 
  {C})  and  {Richard  Stallman}  (inventor  of  {Emacs}).  In  their 
  hearts  of  hearts,  most  hackers  dream  of  someday  becoming 
  demigods  themselves,  and  more  than  one  major  software  project 
  has  been  driven  to  completion  by  the  author's  veiled  hopes  of 
  apotheosis. 
 
  See  also  {net.god},  {true-hacker}. 
 
  [{Jargon  File}] 
 
  (1994-10-27) 
 
 




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