[ras-tuh-fair-ee-uh-niz-uh m, -fahr-, rah-stuh-] /ˌræs təˈfɛər i əˌnɪz əm, -ˈfɑr-, ˌrɑ stə-/
a religious cult, originally of Jamaica, that regards Africa as the Promised Land, to which all true believers will someday return, and the late Haile Selassie I, former emperor of Ethiopia, as the messiah.
1964, from Rastafarian + -ism. Rastafarism is attested from 1955.
n. 1883, from French rastaquouère, rastacouère (19c.) “social intruder, upstart” (especially one of exaggerated manners and dress, from a Mediterranean or South American country), thus “dashing but untrustworthy foreigner.” Short form rasta attested from 1905. According to French sources, the word is from South American Spanish rastacuero “upstart,” from arrastrar “to drag, pull, tow, trail […]
[ras-ter] /ˈræs tər/ noun 1. Television. a pattern of scanning lines covering the area upon which the image is projected in the cathode-ray tube of a television set. 2. Computers. a set of horizontal lines composed of individual pixels, used to form an image on a CRT or other screen. /ˈræstə/ noun 1. a pattern […]
- Raster blaster
hardware, jargon (Cambridge) Specialised hardware for bitblt operations (a blitter). Allegedly inspired by “Rasta Blasta”, British slang for the sort of portable stereo Americans call a “boom box” or “ghetto blaster”. [Jargon File] (1995-03-22)
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