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/ ˈwɪk i /
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noun, plural wik·is.
(sometimes initial capital letter) a website that allows users to add, delete, or revise content by using a web browser: The wiki has character descriptions and image galleries for every game in the franchise.Students who contribute to the class review wiki may earn extra credit points on their exams.Research and development team members should all have permission to edit the design wikis for all current projects.
Also called wik·i en·gine, wik·i ap·pli·ca·tion . the software used to create a wiki.
of, relating to, or being a wiki: wiki servers.
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Origin of wiki

First recorded in 1990–95; shortening of WikiWikiWeb, a software program developed by Howard G. “Ward” Cunningham (born 1949), U.S. computer programmer; from Hawaiian wikiwiki “very quick,” emphatic reduplication of wiki “quick.”
Cunningham coined the name WikiWikiWeb after recalling that a Honolulu International Airport counter employee advised him to take the Wiki Wiki Shuttle (a shuttle bus that runs between the terminals of the airport); his original idea was to make WikiWikiWeb's pages readily editable by its users and initially thought about calling his program QuickWeb but changed his mind and named it WikiWikiWeb
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British Dictionary definitions for wiki

/ (ˈwɪkɪ) /

  1. a web application that allows anyone visiting a website to edit content on it
  2. (as modifier)wiki technology

Word Origin for wiki

C20: from Hawaiian wiki-wiki quick, coined by Ward Cunningham (born 1949), US computer programmer who invented the concept
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