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wiki

[wik-ee] /ˈwɪk i/
noun, plural wikis.
1.
(sometimes initial capital letter) a website that allows anyone to add, delete, or revise content by using a web browser.
2.
Also called wiki engine, wiki application. the software used to create a wiki.
adjective
3.
of, pertaining to, or being a wiki:
wiki servers.
Origin
< Hawaiian wiki to hurry; quick, fast
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British Dictionary definitions for wiki-application

wiki

/ˈwɪkɪ/
noun
1.
  1. a web application that allows anyone visiting a website to edit content on it
  2. (as modifier) wiki technology
Word Origin
C20: from Hawaiian wiki-wiki quick, coined by Ward Cunningham (born 1949), US computer programmer who invented the concept
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Encyclopedia Article for wiki-application

wiki

World Wide Web (WWW) site that can be modified or contributed to by users. Wikis can be dated to 1995, when American computer programmer Ward Cunningham created a new collaborative technology for organizing information on Web sites. Using a Hawaiian term meaning "quick," he called this new software WikiWikiWeb, attracted by its alliteration and also by its matching abbreviation (WWW)

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