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elephantine


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Elephantine  \El`e*phan"tine\,  a.  [L.  elephantinus  of  ivory,  Gr 
  ?:  cf  F.  ['e]l['e]phantin.] 
  Pertaining  to  the  elephant,  or  resembling  an  elephant 
  (commonly,  in  size);  hence  huge;  immense;  heavy;  as  of 
  elephantine  proportions;  an  elephantine  step  or  tread. 
 
  {Elephantine  epoch}  (Geol.),  the  epoch  distinguished  by  the 
  existence  of  large  pachyderms.  --Mantell. 
 
  {Elephantine  tortoise}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  huge  land  tortoise; 
  esp.,  {Testudo  elephantina},  from  islands  in  the  Indian 
  Ocean;  and  {T.  elephantopus},  from  the  Galapagos  Islands. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  elephantine 
  adj  :  of  great  mass;  huge  and  bulky;  "a  jumbo  jeg"  [syn:  {gargantuan}, 
  {giant},  {jumbo}] 
 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
 
  elephantine  adj  Used  of  programs  or  systems  that  are  both 
  conspicuous  {hog}s  (owing  perhaps  to  poor  design  founded  on  {brute  force 
  and  ignorance})  and  exceedingly  {hairy}  in  source  form  An  elephantine 
  program  may  be  functional  and  even  friendly,  but  (as  in  the  old  joke 
  about  being  in  bed  with  an  elephant)  it's  tough  to  have  around  all  the 
  same  (and,  like  a  pachyderm,  difficult  to  maintain).  In  extreme  cases, 
  hackers  have  been  known  to  make  trumpeting  sounds  or  perform  expressive 
  proboscatory  mime  at  the  mention  of  the  offending  program.  Usage: 
  semi-humorous.  Compare  `has  the  elephant  nature'  and  the  somewhat  more 
  pejorative  {monstrosity}.  See  also  {second-system  effect}  and  {baroque}. 
 
 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  elephantine 
 
  Used  of  programs  or  systems  that  are  both  conspicuous  {hog}s 
  (owing  perhaps  to  poor  design  founded  on  {brute  force  and 
  ignorance})  and  exceedingly  {hairy}  in  source  form  An 
  elephantine  program  may  be  functional  and  even  friendly,  but 
  (as  in  the  old  joke  about  being  in  bed  with  an  elephant)  it's 
  tough  to  have  around  all  the  same  (and,  like  a  pachyderm, 
  difficult  to  maintain).  In  extreme  cases,  hackers  have  been 
  known  to  make  trumpeting  sounds  or  perform  expressive 
  proboscatory  mime  at  the  mention  of  the  offending  program. 
  Usage:  semi-humorous.  Compare  "has  the  elephant  nature"  and 
  the  somewhat  more  pejorative  monstrosity.  See  also 
  {second-system  effect}  and  {baroque}. 
 
  [{Jargon  File}] 
 
 




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