twiddle

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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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Many analysts' weeks are spent effectively twiddling thumbs in anticipation of what the employment numbers are going to impart as a message to digest on that regular, fateful Friday.
Yet for many, the consumer experience was like a morning spent twiddling thumbs at the local motor vehicle department.
Kids these days would rather slaughter hideous-faced zombies while twiddling thumbs, but there are only so many times you can face Scotland.