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  • n. A program used primarily to create, manipulate, modify, or analyze other programs, such as a compiler or an editor or a cross-referencing program. 2. [UNIX] An application program with a simple, `transparent' (typically text-stream) interface designed specifically to be used in programmed combination with other tools (see filter, plumbing). 3. vi. To work; to study (connotes tedium). The TMRC Dictionary defined this as "to set one's brain to the grindstone". 4. In some computer languages, a small program executed as a shell command. Note: In other computer languages, such as BASIC, it is called a "utility. "