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yerk

[yurk] /yɜrk/
verb (used with object)
1.
to strike or whip.
2.
to stir up; arouse; excite.
3.
to jerk.
4.
to move (a part of one's body) with a jerk.
5.
to pull (stitches) tight or bind tightly.
verb (used without object)
6.
to kick.
7.
to rise suddenly.
8.
to enter into something eagerly.
noun
9.
a kick or jerk.
10.
a thud or blow, as from a stick.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < ?
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yerk in Technology
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(After Yerkes Observatory) An object-oriented language based on a Forth Kernel with some major modifications. It was originally known as Neon, developed and sold as a product by Kriya Systems from 1985 to 1989. Several people at The University of Chicago have maintained Yerk since its demise as a product. Because of possible trademark conflict they named it Yerk, which is not an acronym for anything, but rather stands for Yerkes Observatory, part of the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at U of C.
Version 3.62.
(ftp://oddjob.uchicago.edu/pub/Yerk/).
E-mail: Bob Lowenstein .
(1994-11-23)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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