= T =
tool 1. n.
A program used primarily to create, manipulate,
modify, or analyze other programs, such as a compiler or an editor
or a cross-referencing program. Oppose app, operating system. 2. [Unix] An application program with a simple,
`transparent' (typically text-stream) interface designed
specifically to be used in programmed combination with other tools
(see filter, plumbing). 3. [MIT: general to students
there] vi. To work; to study (connotes tedium). The TMRC
Dictionary defined this as "to set one's brain to the
grindstone". See hack. 4. n. [MIT] A student who studies
too much and hacks too little. (MIT's student humor magazine
rejoices in the name "Tool and Die".)
--Jargon File, autonoded by rescdsk.