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twiddle n.

1. Tilde (ASCII 1111110, ~). Also called `squiggle', `sqiggle' (sic -- pronounced /skig'l/), and `twaddle', but twiddle is the most common term. 2. A small and insignificant change to a program. Usually fixes one bug and generates several new ones (see also shotgun debugging). 3. vt. To change something in a small way. Bits, for example, are often twiddled. Twiddling a switch or knobs implies much less sense of purpose than toggling or tweaking it; see frobnicate. To speak of twiddling a bit connotes aimlessness, and at best doesn't specify what you're doing to the bit; `toggling a bit' has a more specific meaning (see bit twiddling, toggle). 4. Uncommon name for the twirling baton prompt.

--Jargon File, autonoded by rescdsk.

Twid"dle (?), v. t. [Probably of imitative origin. Cf. Tweedle.]

To touch lightly, or play with; to tweedle; to twirl; as, to twiddle one's thumbs; to twiddle a watch key.

[Written also twidle.]

Thackeray.

 

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Twid"dle, v. i.

To play with anything; hence, to be busy about trifles.

Halliwell.

 

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Twid"dle (?), n.

1.

A slight twist with the fingers.

2.

A pimple.

[Prov. Eng.]

Halliwell.

 

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