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3 definitions found
 for rain dance
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  rain dance
      n 1: a ritual dance intended to bring rain

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

  rain dance
   n.
  
      1. Any ceremonial action taken to correct a hardware problem, with the
      expectation that nothing will be accomplished. This especially applies to
      reseating printed circuit boards, reconnecting cables, etc. ?I can't boot
      up the machine. We'll have to wait for Greg to do his rain dance.?
  
      2. Any arcane sequence of actions performed with computers or software in
      order to achieve some goal; the term is usually restricted to rituals that
      include both an incantation or two and physical activity or motion.
      Compare magic, voodoo programming, black art, cargo cult programming
      , wave a dead chicken; see also casting the runes.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  rain dance
  
     1. Any ceremonial action taken to correct a hardware problem,
     with the expectation that nothing will be accomplished.  This
     especially applies to reseating printed circuit boards,
     reconnecting cables, etc.  "I can't boot up the machine.
     We'll have to wait for Greg to do his rain dance."
  
     2. Any arcane sequence of actions performed with computers or
     software in order to achieve some goal; the term is usually
     restricted to rituals that include both an incantation or
     two and physical activity or motion.
  
     Compare magic, voodoo programming, black art, cargo
     cult programming, wave a dead chicken.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (1995-02-09)
  

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