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slop

1
1. the beer, cider, etc., spilt from a barrel while being drawn
2. the residue left after spirits have been distilled
3. Informal gushing speech or writing

slop

2
sailors' clothing and bedding issued from a ship's stores

Slop

 

a woman’s outer garment consisting of a wide and long cape with slits for the arms or with short sleeves. Slops were made of various fabrics and lined with cotton wadding or fur. They had velvet or fur turndown collars. They were worn by city women in Western Europe and Russia mainly in the first half of the 19th century. Slops were later worn only by small-scale shopkeepers and petite bourgeoisie.

slop

[släp]
(chemical engineering)
A petroleum-refinery term for odds and ends of oil produced in the refinery; the slop must be rerun or further processed to make it suitable for use. Also known as slop oil.

sludge

1. Refuse from various operations, as the waste material produced in the wet grinding of terrazzo.
2. In a paint spray booth whose walls are washed continuously with water, the paint which accumulates in the water reservoir, sometimes reworked to make another paint.
3. The accumulated, settled solids which are deposited from sewage and contain more or less water to form a semiliquid mass.

slop

(jargon)
1. A one-sided fudge factor, that is, an allowance for error but in only one of two directions. For example, if you need a piece of wire 10 feet long and have to guess when you cut it, you make very sure to cut it too long, by a large amount if necessary, rather than too short by even a little bit, because you can always cut off the slop but you can't paste it back on again. When discrete quantities are involved, slop is often introduced to avoid the possibility of being on the losing side of a fencepost error.

2. The percentage of "extra" code generated by a compiler over the size of equivalent assembly code produced by hand-hacking; i.e. the space (or maybe time) you lose because you didn't do it yourself. This number is often used as a measure of the quality of a compiler; slop below 5% is very good, and 10% is usually acceptable. Modern compilers, especially on RISCs, may actually have *negative* slop; that is, they may generate better code than humans. This is one of the reasons assembler programming is becoming less common.