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(networking, chat, World-Wide Web)
(From "robot") Any type of autonomous software that operates as an agent for a user or a program or simulates a human activity. On the Internet, the most popular bots are programs (called spiders or crawlers) used for searching. They access web sites, retrieve documents and follow all the hyperlinks in them; then they generate catalogs that are accessed by search engines.

A chatbot converses with humans (or other bots). A shopbot searches the Web to find the best price for a product. Other bots (such as OpenSesame) observe a user's patterns in navigating a website and customises the site for that user.

Knowbots collect specific information from websites.


(1) See robot and chatbot.

(2) (roBOT) A search engine program that indexes the Web. See spider.

(3) (roBOT) A program on the Internet that performs a repetitive function such as posting a message on blogs, newsgroups and social networks or searching for information. Bots often reside in the background waiting to respond to certain conditions. The term is used for myriad "intelligent agents" that continuously or periodically perform some function. It is estimated that as much as 60% of Web traffic comes from bots and not humans. See botnet, spambot, chatbot and agent.

(4) (BOT) (Beginning Of Tape) The status of a tape file when it is first mounted in the drive. See BOF.
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54) "Notizen", in Hermannstadter Zeitung vereinigt mit dem Siebenburger Bote, Nr 102, 30 April 1866, p.
Using BOTE to describe our modelling of the FSP, we describe below the changes made in the policy simulation, relative to the base-case forecast, to model the FSP.
Solo come atun cuando el bote senala con claridad que rue procesado en Ensenada o en El Sauzal de Rodriquez, Baja California.
University medals for service went to Reid, Carly Arico, David Boyd, Adam Dunbar, Michael Mizzoni and Cailey Watson, Josiah Bote, Kila Ngambong, Shivshankar Sivasubramanian and Lucy Wafo of Lowell.
The Hawks (32-25) outhit Eugene (22-35) 15-8, with five different Boise players getting at least two hits, including left fielder David Bote, who was 3-for-4 with two doubles and four RBIs.
Bote SUP makes a fishing post that will hold two rods.
According to the Middle English Dictionary, apart from the basic 'pleasing to the sense of smell and/or taste', as in Under soote hony, couert bittirnesse, we find the metaphoric extension 'spiritually or psychologically pleasing, good, agreeable' as in Swete ihesu, mi soule bote, In min herte bou sette a rote Of bi loue bat is so swote.
Ensemble singing in this performance, which also included tenors Willis Bote (Rolla) and Ricarido Gimena (Arminio) and baritone Vasil Garvanliev (Moser), was tight and well balanced.
Mi voz sera la misma del sembrador que cante/cuando bote a los surcos siembras de pulpa ardiente" (vv.
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Direction de la commande publique, service des marchs publics, 66 rue de Paris, bote postale 10060
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