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Meaning of MAGIC

Pronunciation:  'majik

Matching Terms:  magi, magian, magic bullet, magic carpet, magic cookie, magic eye, magic lantern, magic marker, magic number, magic paper, magic realism, magic smoke, magic spell, magic square, magic switch story, magic trick, magical, magical ability, magical power, magically, magician, magicians, magicicada, magicicada septendecim, magilp, maginot, maginot line, magister, magisterial, magisteriality, magisterially, magisterialness, magistery, magistracy, magistral, magistrality, magistrally, magistrate, magistratic, magistrature

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  1. An early system on the midac computer.

    [Listed in CACM 2(5):16 (May 1959)].

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  2. 1. As yet unexplained, or too complicated to explain; compare automagically and (Arthur C.) Clarke's Third Law:

            Any sufficiently advanced technology is
            indistinguishable from magic.

    "TTY echoing is controlled by a large number of magic bits." "This routine magically computes the parity of an 8-bit byte in three instructions."

    2. Characteristic of something that works although no one really understands why (this is especially called black magic).

    3. (Stanford) A feature not generally publicised that allows something otherwise impossible or a feature formerly in that category but now unveiled.

    Compare wizardly, deep magic, heavy wizardry.

    For more about hackish "magic" see magic switch story.

    4. magic number.

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