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twiddle

(character)
The tilde character.

twiddle

(jargon)
(To make) a small or insignificant change. E.g. twiddling a program often fixes one bug and generates several new ones (see also shotgun debugging). Bits are often twiddled. Twiddling a switch or knob implies much less sense of purpose than toggling or tweaking it; see frobnicate. Bit twiddling connotes aimlessness, and at best doesn't specify what you're doing to the bit; to "toggle a bit" has a more specific meaning.
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This means Spain and Ireland will get the economic benefits and new jobs from our expansion plans, while the UK government twiddles its thumbs and watches as the world progresses around it.
In Table2, it can be seen the proposed FFT processor reduces hardware overhead and the execution process is accelerated, owing to the pipelined adaptive recoding CORDIC based radix-4 FFT structure without multipliers and Rom-free twiddle generator needless Rom to store twiddles.
Twiddles and a determined, empowered cleaning lady named Clara, who has Very Special Powers that enable her to understand and speak to cats.