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crock

1
1. an earthen pot, jar, etc.
2. a piece of broken earthenware

crock

2
an old broken-down horse or ewe

crock

[American scatologism "crock of shit"] 1. An awkward feature or programming technique that ought to be made cleaner. For example, using small integers to represent error codes without the program interpreting them to the user (as in, for example, Unix "make(1)", which returns code 139 for a process that dies due to segfault).

2. A technique that works acceptably, but which is quite prone to failure if disturbed in the least. For example, a too-clever programmer might write an assembler which mapped instruction mnemonics to numeric opcodes algorithmically, a trick which depends far too intimately on the particular bit patterns of the opcodes. (For another example of programming with a dependence on actual opcode values, see The Story of Mel.) Many crocks have a tightly woven, almost completely unmodifiable structure. See kluge, brittle. The adjectives "crockish" and "crocky", and the nouns "crockishness" and "crockitude", are also used.
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It is therefore proposed that the likely mechanism in this instance is one of simple abrasion, the act of the crock meter rubbing against the fabric and breaking or otherwise damaging fibers that then either transfer microscopic particulates or fracture and liberate particulate color.
Influenced first by growing up on a farm and later by a career in food processing, Gene put together a collection that included cream separators, crocks, a goat/dog treadmill used to power a butter churn, cutters to make individual butter patties, a special table where 1-pound blocks of butter were cut and wrapped, beeswax and tallow butter substitute, oil cans, separator literature, butter workers, a cheese cabinet, glass, stoneware, wood churns and more.
They will host coverage of S4C's Champions' Night - which includes the Crock of Gold Final - live from the racetrack.
Then in a quick, strong move, thrusting his body to the edge of the crock, he bent his head toward the water.
Under the terms of the deal Hormel will market and sell Shedd's Country Crock chilled side-dish products under a licence agreement.
Under the terms of the deal, for which no financial details were available, Hormel will market and sell Shedd's Country Crock chilled side-dish products under a licence agreement.
company, which first introduced this revolutionary way of cooking nearly 40 years ago, has modernized its line to include sleek designs, removable stoneware for easy clean-up, programmable functions, and some models that offer two or three crocks for added versatility.
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Aled Wyn Davies, from Dihewid near Lampeter, Ceredigion and his seven-year-old horse Terripan Hanover have taken The Crock of Gold by storm this year.
This acid content also reacts with metals; hence we use a crock and a wooden spoon to keep the kraut safe from discoloration and leeching.
Third prize: Lakeland compost crock apple, worth pounds 14.
Crock graduated from Melbourne University in 1953 with a degree in medicine.