(plural emacses or emacsen)
- Any implementation or reimplementation of Emacs.
- (computing) A particular visual or WYSIWYG text editor (first written by Richard Stallman in 1975 but since reimplemented by others in several distinct versions), distinguished by its use of control characters as editing commands, by its lack of distinct "insert" and "edit" modes, and by its featurefulness and extensibility.
emacs - Computer Definition
A text editor that is widely used for writing GNU/Linux software. It was written by Richard Stallman and released in 1984 as the first "free software" program of the GNU Project. It is an advanced text editor supporting multiple windows that is available for several platforms. A Collection of Macros The name comes from the first version of Emacs that Stallman created at MIT in the mid-1970s, called "Editing Macros," which was a set of macros added to the TECO text editor. Numerous versions of Emacs were subsequently created by several people, and the GNU Emacs version is maintained by the Free Software Foundation. For more information, visit www.gnu.org/software/emacs. See GNU Project, GNU/Linux, free software, Free Software Foundation and TECO.