= W =
[MIT; now common everywhere] 1. vi. To succeed. A
program wins if no unexpected conditions arise, or (especially) if
it is sufficiently robust to take exceptions in stride.
2. n. Success, or a specific instance thereof. A pleasing
outcome. "So it turned out I could use a lexer generator
instead of hand-coding my own pattern recognizer. What a win!"
Emphatic forms: `moby win', `super win', `hyper-win' (often
used interjectively as a reply). For some reason `suitable win'
is also common at MIT, usually in reference to a satisfactory
solution to a problem. Oppose lose; see also big win,
which isn't quite just an intensification of `win'.
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.