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[ig-zek] /ɪgˈzɛk/
noun, Informal.
an executive, especially in business.
Origin of exec
1895-1900; by final shortening

exec. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • And, since he was the ranking exec, he was expected to give some sort of answer.

    But, I Don't Think Gordon Randall Garrett
  • I was still a new exec, and the book said I must be briefed on my duties.

    A Question of Courage Jesse Franklin Bone
  • A few disgruntled men on a ship can shoot morale to hell, and on a ship this size the exec is the morale officer.

    A Question of Courage Jesse Franklin Bone
  • On the other hand, an exec would probably go all to pieces in a burner.

    But, I Don't Think Gordon Randall Garrett
  • No exec in his right mind would permit the ship to be crippled.

    Student Body Floyd L. Wallace
British Dictionary definitions for exec


Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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: exec perks/ exec burnout


  1. An executive officer (1920s+ Navy)
  2. A business executive: They'd never heard of female execs/ I find parking space for senior execs (1896+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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exec in Technology

An early batch language for the IBM VM/CMS systems.
[SC19-6209 Virtual Machine/ System Product CMS Command and Macro Reference, Appendix F. CMS EXEC Control Statements].
[Was EXEC 2 was a later version?]

/eg-zek'/ 1. execute.
A synonym for chain derived from the Unix "exec" system call.
Unix manual page: execve(2).
2. (Obsolete) executive.
The mainstream "exec" as an abbreviation for (human) executive is *not* used. To a hacker, an "exec" is a always a program, never a person.
3. At IBM and VM/CMS shops, the equivalent of a shell command file.
4. The innermost kernel of the Amiga operating system which provides shared-library support, device interface, memory management, CPU management, basic IPC, and the basic structures for OS extension. The rest of the Amiga OS (windowing, file system, third-party extensions, etc.) is built using these structures.
[Jargon File]

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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The American Heritage® Abbreviations Dictionary, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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