Awk definitions

(US slang, of a situation) Awkward; uncomfortable.
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(obsolete) Perversely; in the wrong way.
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(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.
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(computing) A Unix scripting language or the command line interface itself.
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(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.

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Origin of awk

From Old Norse Ç«fugr, Ç«figr, afigr (“turned backwards") (> Danish avet (“backwards"), Swedish avig (“turned backwards")), from Proto-Germanic . Cognate with German äbich, Gothic 𐌹𐌱𐌿𐌺𐍃 (ibuks, “turned back") . Akin to Sanskrit अपाच् (apāc, “turned away") . Compare dialect Danish ave (“to turn"), Icelandic öfga (“to reverse").