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Awk*
  • /awk/ 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.
  • n. Editing term for an expression awkward to manipulate through normal regexp facilities (for example, one containing a newline).
  • vt. To process data using `awk(1)'.