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

  newline
   /n[y]oo'li:n/, n.
  
      1. [techspeak, primarily Unix] The ASCII LF character (0001010), used under
      Unix as a text line terminator. Though the term newline appears in ASCII
      standards, it never caught on in the general computing world before Unix.
  
      2. More generally, any magic character, character sequence, or operation
      (like Pascal's writeln procedure) required to terminate a text record or
      separate lines. See crlf.
  

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

  newline
  
      /n[y]oo'li:n/ Line feed or other
     character sequence used to terminate a line of text.
  
     Unix uses line feed as its text line terminator - a
     Bell-Labs-ism rather than a Berkeleyism.  Interestingly
     (and unusually for Unix jargon), it is said to have originally
     been an IBM usage.  Though the term "newline" appears in
     ASCII standards, it never caught on in the general
     computing world before Unix.  The encoding of line feed as
     "\n" in C and Unix strings comes from this name.
  
     The term has been used more generally for any end of line
     character, character sequence (e.g. crlf), or operation
     (like Pascal's writeln procedure or Lisp 1.5's terpri)
     required to terminate a text record or separate lines.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (1997-07-14)
  

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