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[= M =]
[common] Vague term used to describe `smooth' transformations of a data set into a different form, esp. transformations that do not lose information. Connotes less pain than [munch] or [crunch]. "He wrote a program that massages X bitmap files into GIF format." Compare [slurp].
--[The Jargon File] version 4.3.1, ed. [ESR], autonoded by [rescdsk].