Killer instinct


an aggressive and ruthless determination to win or attain a goal


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    [Popularised by Eugene Brooks] A microprocessor-based machine that infringes on mini, mainframe, or supercomputer performance turf. Often heard in “No one will survive the attack of the killer micros!”, the battle cry of the downsizers. Used especially of RISC architectures. The popularity of the phrase “attack of the killer micros” is doubtless reinforced by the […]

  • Killer poke

    A recipe for inducing hardware damage on a machine via insertion of invalid values (see poke) into a memory-mapped control register; used especially of various fairly well-known tricks on bitty boxes without hardware memory management (such as the IBM PC and Commodore PET) that can overload analog electronics in the monitor. See also HCF. (1994-11-04)

  • Killer-t-cell

    noun 1. a killer cell that destroys target cells only when specifically activated by helper T cells. killer T cell (kĭl’ər) A large differentiated T cell that functions in cell-mediated immunity by attacking and lysing target cells that have specific surface antigens. Also called cytotoxic T cell, killer cell.

  • Killer-whale

    noun 1. any of several predatory dolphins, especially the black-and-white Orcinus orca, found in all seas. noun 1. a predatory black-and-white toothed whale, Orcinus orca, with a large erect dorsal fin, most common in cold seas: family Delphinidae Also called killer, grampus, orc

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