(comparative more awk, superlative most awk)
- (obsolete) Perversely; in the wrong way.
- (computing) A Unix scripting language or the command line interface itself.
- (usually attributive, computing) Code written in or skill in using the awk language.
- I used C, Perl, the Bourne shell, and some awk and tcl to implement these projects.
From Old Norse Ç«fugr, Ç«figr, afigr (“turned backwards") (> Danish avet (“backwards"), Swedish avig (“turned backwards")), from Proto-Germanic . Cognate with German Ã¤bich, Gothic ðŒ¹ðŒ±ðŒ¿ðŒºðƒ (ibuks, “turned back") . Akin to Sanskrit à¤…à¤ªà¤¾à¤šà¥ (apÄc, “turned away") . Compare dialect Danish ave (“to turn"), Icelandic Ã¶fga (“to reverse").
awk - Computer Definition
(Aho Weinberger Kernighan) A Unix programming utility developed in 1977 by Alfred Aho, Peter Weinberger and Brian Kernighan. Due to its unique pattern-matching syntax, awk is often used in data retrieval and data transformation. Awk is widely used to search for a particular occurrence of text and perform some operation on it. Awk is an interpreted language, which has been ported to other computing environments, including DOS. See Gawk.