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wiki

[wik-ee]
noun, plural wikis.
  1. (sometimes initial capital letter) a website that allows anyone to add, delete, or revise content by using a web browser.
  2. Also called wiki engine, wiki application. the software used to create a wiki.
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or being a wiki: wiki servers.
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Origin of wiki

From the Hawaiian word wiki to hurry; quick, fast
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  • There's no way they organized this without email and wikis and mailing lists.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow


British Dictionary definitions for wikis

wiki

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

C20: from Hawaiian wiki-wiki quick, coined by Ward Cunningham (born 1949), US computer programmer who invented the concept
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Word Origin and History for wikis

wiki

n.

web page that can be edited by browsers, by 2002, abstracted from names of such sites (e.g. Wikipedia, launched January 2001), the original being WikiWikiWeb, introduced and named by Ward Cunningham in 1995, from Hawaiian wikiwiki "fast, swift."

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