big iron

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big iron definition


  1. n.
    a large, mainframe computer. (Computers. See also iron.) : We'll have to run this job on the big iron over at the university.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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big iron definition

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(Or "heavy metal [Cambridge]) Large, expensive, ultra-fast computers. Used generally of number crunching supercomputers such as Crays, but can include more conventional big commercial IBMish mainframes. The term implies approval, in contrast to "dinosaur".
[Jargon File]
(2000-11-09)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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