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

      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 handwave
      3. In the FORTH language, a single quote character.

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