Awk: 1. N. [UNIX Techspeak] An Interpreted Language For Massaging Text Data Developed By Alfred Aho, Peter Weinberger, And Brian Kernighan (the Name Derives From Their Initials).

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:awk: 1. n. [UNIX techspeak] An interpreted language for massaging
text data developed by Alfred Aho, Peter Weinberger, and Brian
Kernighan (the name derives from their initials). It is
characterized by C-like syntax, a declaration-free approach to
variable typing and declarations, associative arrays, and
field-oriented text processing. See also {Perl}. 2. n.
Editing term for an expression awkward to manipulate through normal
{regexp} facilities (for example, one containing a
{newline}). 3. vt. To process data using `awk(1)'.
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