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 for Hashing
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hash \Hash\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Hashed (h[a^]sht); p. pr. &
     vb. n. Hashing.] [From Hash, n.: cf. F. hacher to hash.]
     To chop into small pieces; to mince and mix; as, to hash
     meat. --Hudibras. Hasheesh

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  hash coding
  hash bucket
  hashing
  hash table
  
      (Or "hashing") A scheme for providing
     rapid access to data items which are distinguished by some
     key.  Each data item to be stored is associated with a key,
     e.g. the name of a person.  A hash function is applied to
     the item's key and the resulting hash value is used as an
     index to select one of a number of "hash buckets" in a hash
     table.  The table contains pointers to the original items.
  
     If, when adding a new item, the hash table already has an
     entry at the indicated location then that entry's key must be
     compared with the given key to see if it is the same.  If two
     items' keys hash to the same value (a "{hash collision") then
     some alternative location is used (e.g. the next free location
     cyclically following the indicated one).  For best
     performance, the table size and hash function must be
     tailored to the number of entries and range of keys to be
     used.  The hash function usually depends on the table size so
     if the table needs to be enlarged it must usually be
     completely rebuilt.
  
     When you look up a name in the phone book (for example), you
     typically hash it by extracting its first letter; the hash
     buckets are the alphabetically ordered letter sections.
  
     See also: btree, checksum, CRC, pseudorandom number,
     random, random number, soundex.
  
     (1997-08-03)
  

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