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thud

(1)
Yet another metasyntactic variable (see foo). It is reported that at CMU from the mid-1970s the canonical series of these was "foo", "bar", "thud", "blat".

thud

(2)
Rare term for the hash character, "#" (ASCII 35). See ASCII for other synonyms.
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"He's cleared it!" he thought, catching the thud of Gladiator's hoofs behind him.
They were, it seemed for a while, silent flashes, and seconds after, when one had ceased to expect them, came the belated thuds--thud, thud. Kurt spoke in German, very quickly.
It had toppled over the brim of the cylinder and fallen into the pit, with a thud like the fall of a great mass of leather.
When the first blast of smoke shot out through the bars of my helmet, all those people broke for the woods, and Sandy went over backwards and struck the ground with a dull thud. They thought I was one of those fire-belching dragons they had heard so much about from knights and other professional liars.
'Noa!' said Joseph, giving a thud with his prop on the floor, and assuming an authoritative air.
At last, overcome with weariness, I sat down upon a rock, but I had hardly closed my eyes when I was startled by something which fell to the ground with a thud close beside me.