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hack: 1. n. Originally, a quick job that produces what is needed,
   but not well.  2. n. An incredibly good, and perhaps very
   time-consuming, piece of work that produces exactly what is
   needed.  3. vt. To bear emotionally or physically.  "I can't hack
   this heat!"  4. vt. To work on something (typically a program).
   In an immediate sense: "What are you doing?"  "I'm hacking
   TECO."  In a general (time-extended) sense: "What do you do
   around here?"  "I hack TECO."  More generally, "I hack
   `foo'" is roughly equivalent to "`foo' is my major interest
   (or project)".  "I hack solid-state physics."  See Hacking X
   for Y.  5. vt. To pull a prank on.  See sense 2 and hacker
   (sense 5).  6. vi. To interact with a computer in a playful and
   exploratory rather than goal-directed way.  "Whatcha up to?"
   "Oh, just hacking."  7. n. Short for hacker.  8. See
   nethack.  9. [MIT] v. To explore the basements, roof ledges,
   and steam tunnels of a large, institutional building, to the dismay
   of Physical Plant workers and (since this is usually performed at
   educational institutions) the Campus Police.  This activity has
   been found to be eerily similar to playing adventure games such as
   Dungeons and Dragons and Zork.  See also vadding.

Constructions on this term abound. They include `happy hacking' (a farewell), `how's hacking?' (a friendly greeting among hackers) and `hack, hack' (a fairly content-free but friendly comment, often used as a temporary farewell). For more on this totipotent term see "The Meaning of `Hack'". See also neat hack, real hack.