<jargon> 1. Originally, a quick job that produces what is needed, but not
2. An incredibly good, and perhaps very time-consuming, piece of work that
produces exactly what is needed.
3. To bear emotionally or physically. "I can't hack this heat!"
4. To work on something (typically a program). In an immediate sense: "What are
you doing?" "I'm hacking TECO." In a general (time-extended) sense: "What do you
do around here?" "I hack TECO." More generally, "I hack "foo"" is roughly
equivalent to ""foo" is my major interest (or project)". "I hack solid-state
physics." See Hacking X for Y.
5. To pull a prank on. See hacker.
6. To interact with a computer in a playful and exploratory rather than
goal-directed way. "Whatcha up to?" "Oh, just hacking."
7. Short for hacker.
8. See nethack.
9. (MIT) To explore the basements, roof ledges, and steam tunnels of a large,
institutional building, to the dismay of Physical Plant workers and (since this
is usually performed at educational institutions) the Campus Police. This
activity has been found to be eerily similar to playing adventure games such as
Dungeons and Dragons and Zork. See also vadding.
See also neat hack, real hack.
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