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dinosaur

[dahy-nuh-sawr] /ˈdaɪ nəˌsɔr/
noun
1.
any chiefly terrestrial, herbivorous or carnivorous reptile of the extinct orders Saurischia and Ornithischia, from the Mesozoic Era, certain species of which are the largest known land animals.
2.
something that is unwieldy in size, anachronistically outmoded, or unable to adapt to change:
The old steel mill was a dinosaur that cost the company millions to operate.
Origin
< Neo-Latin Dinosaurus (1841), originally a genus name. See dino-, -saur
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British Dictionary definitions for dinosaur

dinosaur

/ˈdaɪnəˌsɔː/
noun
1.
any extinct terrestrial reptile of the orders Saurischia and Ornithischia, many of which were of gigantic size and abundant in the Mesozoic era See also saurischian, ornithischian Compare pterosaur, plesiosaur
2.
a person or thing that is considered to be out of date
Derived Forms
dinosaurian, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin dinosaurus, from Greek deinos fearful + sauros lizard
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Word Origin and History for dinosaur
n.

1841, coined in Modern Latin by Sir Richard Owen, from comb. form of Greek deinos "terrible" (see dire) + sauros "lizard" (see -saurus). Figurative sense of "person or institution not adapting to change" is from 1952.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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dinosaur in Science
dinosaur
  (dī'nə-sôr')   
Any of various extinct reptiles of the orders Saurischia and Ornithischia that flourished during the Mesozoic Era. Dinosaurs were carnivorous or herbivorous, dwelled mostly on land, and varied from the size of a small dog to the largest land animals that ever lived. One group of dinosaurs evolved into birds. See more at ornithischian, saurischian. See Note at bird.

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dinosaur in Technology


1. Any hardware requiring raised flooring and special power. Used especially of old minicomputers and mainframes, in contrast with newer microprocessor-based machines.
In a famous quote from the 1988 Unix EXPO, Bill Joy compared the liquid-cooled mainframe in the massive IBM display with a grazing dinosaur "with a truck outside pumping its bodily fluids through it". IBM was not amused.
Compare big iron; see also dinosaurs mating.
2. [IBM] A very conservative user; a zipperhead.
[Jargon File]

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