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  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Sex-  \Sex-\  [L.  sex  six  See  {Six}.] 
  A  combining  form  meaning  six  as  sexdigitism;  sexennial. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Sex  \Sex\,  n.  [L.  sexus:  cf  F.  sexe.] 
  1.  The  distinguishing  peculiarity  of  male  or  female  in  both 
  animals  and  plants;  the  physical  difference  between  male 
  and  female;  the  assemblage  of  properties  or  qualities  by 
  which  male  is  distinguished  from  female. 
 
  2.  One  of  the  two  divisions  of  organic  beings  formed  on  the 
  distinction  of  male  and  female. 
 
  3.  (Bot.) 
  a  The  capability  in  plants  of  fertilizing  or  of  being 
  fertilized;  as  staminate  and  pistillate  flowers  are 
  of  opposite  sexes. 
  b  One  of  the  groups  founded  on  this  distinction. 
 
  {The  sex},  the  female  sex;  women,  in  general. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  sex 
  n  1:  activities  associated  with  sexual  intercourse;  "they  had  sex 
  in  the  back  seat"  [syn:  {sexual  activity},  {sex  activity}] 
  2:  either  of  the  two  categories  (male  or  female)  into  which 
  most  organisms  are  divided;  "the  war  between  the  sexes" 
  3:  all  of  the  feelings  resulting  from  the  urge  to  gratify 
  sexual  impulses;  "he  wanted  a  better  sex  life";  "the  film 
  contained  no  sex  or  violence"  [syn:  {sexual  urge}] 
  4:  the  properties  that  distinguish  organisms  on  the  basis  of 
  their  reproductive  roles;  "she  didn't  want  to  know  the  sex 
  of  the  foetus"  [syn:  {gender},  {sexuality}] 
  v  1:  arouse  sexually  [syn:  {arouse},  {excite},  {turn  on},  {wind 
  up}] 
  2:  tell  the  sex  (of  young  chickens) 
 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
 
  SEX  /seks/  [Sun  Users'  Group  &  elsewhere]  n.  1.  Software 
  EXchange.  A  technique  invented  by  the  blue-green  algae  hundreds  of 
  millions  of  years  ago  to  speed  up  their  evolution,  which  had  been 
  terribly  slow  up  until  then.  Today,  SEX  parties  are  popular  among 
  hackers  and  others  (of  course,  these  are  no  longer  limited  to  exchanges 
  of  genetic  software).  In  general,  SEX  parties  are  a  {Good  Thing},  but 
  unprotected  SEX  can  propagate  a  {virus}.  See  also  {pubic  directory}. 
  2.  The  rather  Freudian  mnemonic  often  used  for  Sign  EXtend,  a  machine 
  instruction  found  in  the  PDP-11  and  many  other  architectures.  The  RCA 
  1802  chip  used  in  the  early  Elf  and  SuperElf  personal  computers  had  a 
  `SEt  X  register'  SEX  instruction,  but  this  seems  to  have  had  little 
  folkloric  impact.  The  Data  General  instruction  set  also  had  `SEX'. 
 
  {DEC}'s  engineers  nearly  got  a  PDP-11  assembler  that  used  the 
  `SEX'  mnemonic  out  the  door  at  one  time,  but  (for  once)  marketing 
  wasn't  asleep  and  forced  a  change.  That  wasn't  the  last  time  this 
  happened,  either  The  author  of  "The  Intel  8086  Primer",  who  was  one 
  of  the  original  designers  of  the  8086,  noted  that  there  was  originally  a 
  `SEX'  instruction  on  that  processor,  too  He  says  that  Intel  management 
  got  cold  feet  and  decreed  that  it  be  changed,  and  thus  the  instruction 
  was  renamed  `CBW'  and  `CWD'  (depending  on  what  was  being  extended). 
  Amusingly,  the  Intel  8048  (the  microcontroller  used  in  IBM  PC  keyboards) 
  is  also  missing  straight  `SEX'  but  has  logical-or  and  logical-and 
  instructions  `ORL'  and  `ANL'. 
 
  The  Motorola  6809,  used  in  the  Radio  Shack  Color  Computer  and  in 
  U.K.'s  `Dragon  32'  personal  computer,  actually  had  an  official  `SEX' 
  instruction;  the  6502  in  the  Apple  II  with  which  it  competed  did  not 
  British  hackers  thought  this  made  perfect  mythic  sense  after  all  it 
  was  commonly  observed,  you  could  (on  some  theoretical  level)  have  sex 
  with  a  dragon,  but  you  can't  have  sex  with  an  apple. 
 
 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  SEX 
 
  /seks/  [Sun  Users'  Group  &  elsewhere]  1.  Software  EXchange.  A 
  technique  invented  by  the  blue-green  algae  hundreds  of 
  millions  of  years  ago  to  speed  up  their  evolution,  which  had 
  been  terribly  slow  up  until  then.  Today,  SEX  parties  are 
  popular  among  hackers  and  others  (of  course,  these  are  no 
  longer  limited  to  exchanges  of  genetic  software).  In  general, 
  SEX  parties  are  a  {Good  Thing},  but  unprotected  SEX  can 
  propagate  a  {virus}.  See  also  {pubic  directory}. 
 
  2.  The  {mnemonic}  often  used  for  Sign  EXtend,  a  machine 
  instruction  found  in  the  {PDP-11}  and  many  other 
  architectures.  The  {RCA  1802}  chip  used  in  the  early  {Elf} 
  and  SuperElf  {personal  computers}  had  a  "SEt  X  register"  SEX 
  instruction,  but  this  seems  to  have  had  little  folkloric 
  impact. 
 
  DEC's  engineers  nearly  got  a  {PDP-11}  {assembler}  that  used 
  the  SEX"  mnemonic  out  the  door  at  one  time,  but  (for  once) 
  marketing  wasn't  asleep  and  forced  a  change.  That  wasn't  the 
  last  time  this  happened,  either  The  author  of  "The  Intel 
  8086  Primer",  who  was  one  of  the  original  designers  of  the 
  {Intel  8086},  noted  that  there  was  originally  a  SEX" 
  instruction  on  that  processor,  too  He  says  that  Intel 
  management  got  cold  feet  and  decreed  that  it  be  changed,  and 
  thus  the  instruction  was  renamed  CBW"  and  CWD"  (depending  on 
  what  was  being  extended).  The  {Intel  8048}  (the 
  {microcontroller}  used  in  {IBM  PC}  keyboards)  is  also  missing 
  straight  SEX"  but  has  logical-or  and  logical-and  instructions 
  ORL"  and  "ANL". 
 
  The  {Motorola  6809},  used  in  the  UK's  "{Dragon  32}"  {personal 
  computer},  actually  had  an  official  SEX"  instruction;  the 
  {6502}  in  the  {Apple  II}  with  which  it  competed  did  not 
  British  hackers  thought  this  made  perfect  mythic  sense  after 
  all  it  was  commonly  observed,  you  could  (on  some  theoretical 
  level)  have  sex  with  a  dragon,  but  you  can't  have  sex  with  an 
  apple. 
 
  [{Jargon  File}] 
 
  (1998-03-03) 
 
 




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