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grok


grok


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
 
  grok  /grok/,  var.  /grohk/  vt  [from  the  novel  "Stranger  in  a 
  Strange  Land",  by  Robert  A.  Heinlein,  where  it  is  a  Martian  word  meaning 
  literally  `to  drink'  and  metaphorically  `to  be  one  with']  The  emphatic 
  form  is  `grok  in  fullness'.  1.  To  understand,  usually  in  a  global  sense 
  Connotes  intimate  and  exhaustive  knowledge.  Contrast  {zen},  which  is 
  similar  supernal  understanding  experienced  as  a  single  brief  flash. 
  See  also  {glark}.  2.  Used  of  programs,  may  connote  merely  sufficient 
  understanding.  "Almost  all  C  compilers  grok  the  `void'  type  these  days." 
 
 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  grok 
 
  /grok/,  /grohk/  (From  the  novel  "Stranger  in  a  Strange  Land", 
  by  Robert  A.  Heinlein,  where  it  is  a  Martian  word  meaning 
  literally  "to  drink"  and  metaphorically  "to  be  one  with") 
 
  1.  To  understand,  usually  in  a  global  sense  Connotes 
  intimate  and  exhaustive  knowledge. 
 
  Contrast  {zen},  which  is  similar  supernal  understanding 
  experienced  as  a  single  brief  flash.  See  also  {glark}. 
 
  2.  Used  of  programs,  may  connote  merely  sufficient 
  understanding.  "Almost  all  C  compilers  grok  the  void"  type 
  these  days." 
 
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