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

     1. A jiffy (sense 1).  2. In simulations, the discrete unit
     of time that passes between iterations of the simulation
     mechanism.  In AI applications, this amount of time is often
     left unspecified, since the only constraint of interest is the
     ordering of events.  This sort of AI simulation is often
     pejoratively referred to as "tick-tick-tick" simulation,
     especially when the issue of simultaneity of events with long,
     independent chains of causes is handwaved.  3. In the FORTH
     language, a single quote character.
     [{Jargon File]

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