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HACK n. 1. Originally a quick job that produces what is needed, but
not well. 2. The result of that job. 3. NEAT HACK: A clever technique.
Also, a brilliant practical joke, where neatness is correlated with
cleverness, harmlessness, and surprise value. Example: the Caltech
Rose Bowl card display switch circa 1961. 4. REAL HACK: A crock
(occasionally affectionate). v. 5. With "together", to throw
something together so it will work. 6. To bear emotionally or
physically. "I can't hack this heat!" 7. To work on
something (typically a program). In specific sense: "What are you
doing?" "I'm hacking TECO." In general sense:
"What do you do around here?" "I hack TECO." (The
former is time-immediate, the latter time-extended.) More generally,
"I hack x" is roughly equivalent to "x is my bag".
"I hack solid-state physics." 8. To pull a prank on. See
definition 3 and HACKER (def #6). 9. v.i. To waste time (as opposed to
TOOL). "Watcha up to?" "Oh, just hacking." 10.
HACK UP (ON): To hack, but generally implies that the result is
meanings 1-2. 11. HACK VALUE: Term used as the reason or motivation
for expending effort toward a seemingly useless goal, the point being
that the accomplished goal is a hack. For example, MacLISP has code to
read and print roman numerals, which was installed purely for hack
value. HAPPY HACKING: A farewell. HOW'S HACKING?: A friendly greeting
among hackers. HACK HACK: A somewhat pointless but friendly comment,
often used as a temporary farewell. [The word HACK doesn't really have
69 different meanings. In fact, HACK has only one meaning, an
extremely subtle and profound one which defies articulation. Which
connotation a given HACK-token has depends in similarly profound ways
on the context. Similar comments apply to a couple other hacker jargon
items, most notably RANDOM. - Agre]