(Or “calculator”) /bit’ee boks/ A computer sufficiently small, primitive, or incapable as to cause a hacker acute claustrophobia at the thought of developing software on or for it. The term is especially used of small, obsolescent, single-tasking-only personal computers such as the Atari 800, Osborne, Sinclair, VIC-20, TRS-80 or IBM PC, but the term is a general pejorative opposite of “real computer” (see Get a real computer!).
See also mess-dos, toaster, toy.
any of various natural substances, as asphalt, maltha, or gilsonite, consisting mainly of hydrocarbons. (formerly) an asphalt of Asia Minor used as cement and mortar. Contemporary Examples Why Can’t America’s Newest Stealth Jet Land Like It’s Supposed To? Bill Sweetman May 25, 2014 Our Trip to The Climate War’s Ground Zero Darren Aronofsky September 18, […]
to convert into or treat with bitumen. verb (transitive) to treat with or convert into bitumen
resembling or containing bitumen: bituminous shale. Historical Examples Early Western Travels 1748-1846, Volume XIV Edwin James The Economic Aspect of Geology C. K. Leith An Elementary Study of Chemistry William McPherson Zanoni Edward Bulwer Lytton Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 1 Various American Rural Highways T. R. Agg A New Guide for Emigrants […]
a mineral coal that contains volatile hydrocarbons and tarry matter and burns with a yellow, smoky flame; soft coal. noun a soft black coal, rich in volatile hydrocarbons, that burns with a smoky yellow flame. Fixed carbon content: 46–86 per cent; calorific value: 1.93 × 107 – 3.63 × 107 J/kg Also called soft coal […]