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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  hairball 
  n  1:  a  compact  mass  of  hair  that  forms  in  the  stomach  of  animals 
  as  a  result  of  licking  fur  [syn:  {hair  ball}] 
  2:  a  compact  mass  of  hair  in  the  stomach  of  an  animal  formed  as 
  a  result  of  licking  fur  [syn:  {hair  ball}] 
 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
 
  hairball  n.  1.  [Fidonet]  A  large  batch  of  messages  that  a 
  store-and-forward  network  is  failing  to  forward  when  it  should 
  Often  used  in  the  phrase  "Fido  coughed  up  a  hairball  today",  meaning 
  that  the  stuck  messages  have  just  come  unstuck,  producing  a  flood  of 
  mail  where  there  had  previously  been  drought.  2.  An  unmanageably  huge 
  mass  of  source  code.  "JWZ  thought  the  Mozilla  effort  bogged  down  because 
  the  code  was  a  huge  hairball."  3.  Any  large  amount  of  garbage  coming  out 
  suddenly.  "Sendmail  is  coughing  up  a  hairball,  so  expect  some  slowness 
  accessing  the  Internet." 
 
 




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