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/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."


To have a thorough understanding of a subject. The word comes from Robert Heinlein's "Stranger in a Strange Land," and it means "to drink" in Martian. Of course. But more specifically in the book, it meant to take something in so thoroughly that it becomes part of you.

Grokking the GIMP
The GIMP is a sophisticated paint and image editing program in the Unix environment (see GIMP). This book, "Grokking the GIMP" by Carey Bunks is a title that means "Completely Understand the GIMP." (Image courtesy of New Riders Publishing,
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To sum up with regard to trying to grok the positions of other people: (a) we have statistical evidence that it can help children learn math, (b) we have every reason to suspect that it can help more than just children learn more than just math, and (c) we have anecdotal evidence that it leads to more persuasive arguments.
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The Grok Secure Connect network is a significant development for Pittsburgh," said Ronald Gdovic, PhD, executive director of 3rc.
We are pleased to be working with 3rc to further our commitment of providing public wireless Internet access within the Pittsburgh region," said Danette O'Connell, CEO and founder of Grok Technology, Inc.
A Grok Technology wireless specialist will be at each location to demonstrate the capabilities of the new network.
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embassy blacklist of Riga bar and clubs updated on July 14 includes Babylon (formerly Roxy Klub), Royal (formerly Lord's Pub and Groks Pub), Saxon, Foxy Lounge, Infinity Bars (formerly Bar Fly), Mary, Pussy Lounge (formerly Doll House and Zig Zag), Puzzle" (formerly Pink Panther), Roxbury (formerly Mademoiselle Cigar Club), Sakura (formerly Nobu Sushi), Zephyr Bar, Versace and Cognac Bar.
Or try Groks Stacija in Kalku Street, which is decked out as a plush Soviet train.
The root word of grokduel, grok, is a Heinlein creation from his 1961 novel Stranger in a Strange Land.