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English Dictionary: grok by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
grok
v
  1. get the meaning of something; "Do you comprehend the meaning of this letter?"
    Synonym(s): grok, get the picture, comprehend, savvy, dig, grasp, compass, apprehend
From Jargon File (4.2.0, 31 JAN 2000) [jargon]:
   grok /grok/, var. /grohk/ vt.   [from the novel "Stranger in a
   Strange Land", by Robert A. Heinlein, where it is a Martian word
   meaning literally `to drink' and metaphorically `to be one with']
   The emphatic form is `grok in fullness'. 1. To understand, usually
   in a global sense.   Connotes intimate and exhaustive knowledge.
   Contrast {zen}, which is similar supernal understanding experienced
   as a single brief flash.   See also {glark}.   2. Used of programs,
   may connote merely sufficient understanding.   "Almost all C
   compilers grok the `void' type these days."
  
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (15Feb98) [foldoc]:
   grok
  
      /grok/, /grohk/ (From the novel "Stranger in a Strange Land",
      by Robert A. Heinlein, where it is a Martian word meaning
      literally "to drink" and metaphorically "to be one with")
  
      1. To understand, usually in a global sense.   Connotes
      intimate and exhaustive knowledge.
  
      Contrast {zen}, which is similar supernal understanding
      experienced as a single brief flash.   See also {glark}.
  
      2. Used of programs, may connote merely sufficient
      understanding.   "Almost all C compilers grok the "void" type
      these days."
  
      [{Jargon File}]
  
      (1995-01-31)
  
  
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