(Unix/C, from the Mexican dance) In C, a wild pointer that runs out of bounds, causing a core dump, or corrupts the malloc arena in such a way as to cause mysterious failures later on, is sometimes said to have “done a fandango on core”. On low-end personal machines without an MMU, this can corrupt the operating system itself, causing massive lossage. Other frenetic dances such as the rhumba, cha-cha, or watusi, may be substituted.
See aliasing bug, precedence lossage, smash the stack, memory leak, memory smash, overrun screw, core.
noun 1. a partially submerged alluvial fan that has merged with a delta.
plural noun, Bookbinding. 1. folded and gathered pages: unbound printed sheets folded into signatures and gathered into the proper sequence for binding.
[fan-duh m] /ˈfæn dəm/ noun 1. collectively, as of a motion-picture star or a professional game or sport. n. “the realm of avid enthusiasts,” 1903, from fan (n.2) + -dom. noun Devotees and aficionados collectively: All fandom welcomes the new summer football (1903+)
[feyn] /feɪn/ noun 1. a temple. 2. Archaic. a church. /feɪn/ noun 1. (archaic or poetic) a temple or shrine n. “weathercock,” late 14c., from Old English fana “flag, banner,” from Proto-Germanic *fanon (cf. Old Frisian fana, Gothic fana “piece of cloth,” Old High German fano, German Fahne “flag, standard”); possibly cognate with Latin pannus […]