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

  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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