= G =
[as in `gas chamber'] 1. interj. A term of disgust
and hatred, implying that gas should be dispensed in generous
quantities, thereby exterminating the source of irritation. "Some
loser just reloaded the system for no reason! Gas!" 2. interj. A
suggestion that someone or something ought to be flushed out of
mercy. "The system's getting wedged every few minutes.
Gas!" 3. vt. To flush (sense 1). "You should gas that old
crufty software." 4. [IBM] n. Dead space in nonsequentially
organized files that was occupied by data that has since been
deleted; the compression operation that removes it is called
`degassing' (by analogy, perhaps, with the use of the same term
in vacuum technology). 5. [IBM] n. Empty space on a disk that has
been clandestinely allocated against future need.
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.