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gribble


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gribble  \Grib"ble\,  n.  [Cf.  Prov.  E.  grib  to  bite.]  (Zo["o]l.) 
  A  small  marine  isopod  crustacean  ({Limnoria  lignorum}  or  {L. 
  terebrans}),  which  burrows  into  and  rapidly  destroys 
  submerged  timber,  such  as  the  piles  of  wharves,  both  in 
  Europe  and  America. 
 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
 
  gribble  n.  Random  binary  data  rendered  as  unreadable  text. 
  Noise  characters  in  a  data  stream  are  displayed  as  gribble.  Modems  with 
  mismatched  bitrates  usually  generate  gribble  (more  specifically,  {baud 
  barf}).  Dumping  a  binary  file  to  the  screen  is  an  excellent  source  of 
  gribble,  and  (if  the  bell/speaker  is  active)  headaches.