a short nap.
(functioning as singular or pl) (informal) a short light sleep; nap
A nap; a short sleep: “If you’re feeling drowsy, take forty winks; I’ll wake you when our guests arrive.”
A short sleep; nap: He caught forty winks and perked right up (1828+)
A brief nap, as in There’s just time for forty winks before we have to leave. This expression supposedly was first recorded in 1828 and relies on wink in the sense of “sleep,” a usage dating from the 14th century.
- For values of
jargon A common rhetorical maneuver at MIT is to use any of the canonical random numbers as placeholders for variables. “The max function takes 42 arguments, for arbitrary values of 42”. “There are 69 ways to leave your lover, for 69 = 50”. This is especially likely when the speaker has uttered a random number […]
[fawr-werd] /ˈfɔr wərd/ adverb, Also, forwards (for defs 1, 2) 1. toward or at a place, point, or time in advance; onward; : to move forward; from this day forward; to look forward. 2. toward the front: Let’s move forward so we can hear better. 3. into view or consideration; out; forth: He brought forward […]
- Forward analysis
An analysis which determines properties of the output of a program from properties of the inputs.
- Forward bias
noun 1. a voltage applied to a circuit or device, esp a semiconductor device, in the direction that produces the larger current