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ZAP

(language)
A language for expressing program transformations.

["A System for Assisting Program Transformation", M.S. Feather, ACM TOPLAS 4(1):1-20, Jan 1982].

ZAP

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zap

(jargon)
1. To modify, usually to correct; especially used when the action is performed with a debugger or binary patching tool. Also implies surgical precision. "Zap the debug level to 6 and run it again."

In the IBM mainframe world, binary patches are applied to programs or to the operating system with a program called "superzap", whose file name is "IMASPZAP" (possibly contrived from I M A SuPerZAP).

See also Zero and Add Packed.

2. To fry a chip with static electricity. "Uh oh - I think that lightning strike may have zapped the disk controller."

zap

A command that typically deletes the data within a file but leaves the file structure intact so that new data can be entered. See wipe.
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The two combatants fell to the floor and, during the ensuing scuffle, Scholl was punched in an eye, bitten on her arms, and zapped at least twice with the stun gun.
Zufryden, Pedrick, and Sankaralingam (1993) found that commercials aired during prime-time have a slightly higher likelihood of being zapped. Kaplan (1985), Heeter and Greenberg (1985), and Siddarth and Chattopadhyay (1998) found higher levels of channel switching for commercial pods around the hour/half-hour mark than at other times.
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