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

  hacker \hack"er\ (h[a^]k"[~e]r), n.
     One who, or that which, hacks. Specifically: A cutting
     instrument for making notches; esp., one used for notching
     pine trees in collecting turpentine; a hack.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  hacker
      n 1: someone who plays golf poorly
      2: a programmer who breaks into computer systems in order to
         steal or change or destroy information as a form of cyber-
         terrorism [syn: hacker, cyber-terrorist, cyberpunk]
      3: a programmer for whom computing is its own reward; may enjoy
         the challenge of breaking into other computers but does no
         harm; "true hackers subscribe to a code of ethics and look
         down upon crackers"
      4: one who works hard at boring tasks [syn: hack, drudge,
         hacker]

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  hacker
   n.
  
      [originally, someone who makes furniture with an axe]
  
      1. A person who enjoys exploring the details of programmable systems and
      how to stretch their capabilities, as opposed to most users, who prefer to
      learn only the minimum necessary. RFC1392, the Internet Users' Glossary,
      usefully amplifies this as: A person who delights in having an intimate
      understanding of the internal workings of a system, computers and computer
      networks in particular.
  
      2. One who programs enthusiastically (even obsessively) or who enjoys
      programming rather than just theorizing about programming.
  
      3. A person capable of appreciating hack value.
  
      4. A person who is good at programming quickly.
  
      5. An expert at a particular program, or one who frequently does work using
      it or on it; as in ?a Unix hacker?. (Definitions 1 through 5 are
      correlated, and people who fit them congregate.)
  
      6. An expert or enthusiast of any kind. One might be an astronomy hacker,
      for example.
  
      7. One who enjoys the intellectual challenge of creatively overcoming or
      circumventing limitations.
  
      8. [deprecated] A malicious meddler who tries to discover sensitive
      information by poking around. Hence password hacker, network hacker. The
      correct term for this sense is cracker.
  
      The term ?hacker? also tends to connote membership in the global community
      defined by the net (see the network. For discussion of some of the basics
      of this culture, see the How To Become A Hacker FAQ. It also implies that
      the person described is seen to subscribe to some version of the hacker
      ethic (see hacker ethic).
  
      It is better to be described as a hacker by others than to describe oneself
      that way. Hackers consider themselves something of an elite (a meritocracy
      based on ability), though one to which new members are gladly welcome.
      There is thus a certain ego satisfaction to be had in identifying yourself
      as a hacker (but if you claim to be one and are not, you'll quickly be
      labeled bogus). See also geek, wannabee.
  
      This term seems to have been first adopted as a badge in the 1960s by the
      hacker culture surrounding TMRC and the MIT AI Lab. We have a report that
      it was used in a sense close to this entry's by teenage radio hams and
      electronics tinkerers in the mid-1950s.
  

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

  hacker
  
      (Originally, someone who makes furniture with
     an axe) 1. A person who enjoys exploring the details of
     programmable systems and how to stretch their capabilities, as
     opposed to most users, who prefer to learn only the minimum
     necessary.
  
     2. One who programs enthusiastically (even obsessively) or who
     enjoys programming rather than just theorizing about
     programming.
  
     3. A person capable of appreciating hack value.
  
     4. A person who is good at programming quickly.
  
     5. An expert at a particular program, or one who frequently
     does work using it or on it; as in "a Unix hacker".
     (Definitions 1 through 5 are correlated, and people who fit
     them congregate.)
  
     6. An expert or enthusiast of any kind.  One might be an
     astronomy hacker, for example.
  
     7. One who enjoys the intellectual challenge of creatively
     overcoming or circumventing limitations.
  
     8. (Deprecated) A malicious meddler who tries to discover
     sensitive information by poking around.  Hence "password
     hacker", "network hacker".  The correct term is cracker.
  
     The term "hacker" also tends to connote membership in the
     global community defined by the net (see The Network and
     Internet address).  It also implies that the person
     described is seen to subscribe to some version of the hacker
     ethic.
  
     It is better to be described as a hacker by others than to
     describe oneself that way.  Hackers consider themselves
     something of an elite (a meritocracy based on ability), though
     one to which new members are gladly welcome.  Thus while it is
     gratifying to be called a hacker, false claimants to the title
     are quickly labelled as "bogus" or a "{wannabee".
  
     9. (University of Maryland, rare) A programmer who does not
     understand proper programming techniques and principles and
     doesn't have a Computer Science degree.  Someone who just
     bangs on the keyboard until something happens.  For example,
     "This program is nothing but spaghetti code.  It must have
     been written by a hacker".
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (1996-08-26)
  

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