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  • [from UNIX's `lint(1)', named for the bits of fluff it supposedly picks from programs] vt. To examine a program closely for style, language usage, and portability problems, esp. if in C, esp. if via use of automated analysis tools, most esp. if the UNIX utility `lint(1)' is used. This term used to be restricted to use of `lint(1)' itself, but (judging by references on Usenet) it has become a shorthand for desk check at some non-UNIX shops, even in languages other than C. Also as v. delint.
  • n. Excess verbiage in a document, as in "This draft has too much lint".