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Martian

[mahr-shuh n] /ˈmɑr ʃən/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or like the planet Mars or its hypothetical inhabitants.
noun
2.
a supposed inhabitant of the planet Mars:
The science-fiction novel was about the invasion of our planet by Martians.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English marcien < Latin Mārti(us) of, belonging to Mars (see March) + -an
Related forms
trans-Martian, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for Martian

Martian

/ˈmɑːʃən/
adjective
1.
of, occurring on, or relating to the planet Mars
noun
2.
an inhabitant of Mars, esp in science fiction
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Word Origin and History for Martian
adj.

late 14c., marcien "of the planet Mars" (originally in reference to astrological influence), from Latin Martius "sacred to Mars; pertaining to the planet Mars," from Mars (genitive Martis). The noun meaning "an inhabitant of the planet Mars" is attested from 1883.

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Martian in Technology


Packets that turn up unexpectedly on the wrong network because of bogus routing entries. Also a packet which has an altogether bogus (non-registered or ill-formed) internet address, such as the test loopback interface [127.0.0.1]. Such a packet will come back labelled with a source address that is clearly not of this earth. "The domain server is getting lots of packets from Mars. Does that gateway have a martian filter?"
[Jargon File]

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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