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computing dictionary

1. <World-Wide Web> HTTP cookie.

2. <protocol> A handle, transaction ID, or other token of agreement between cooperating programs. "I give him a packet, he gives me back a cookie".

The ticket you get from a dry-cleaning shop is a perfect mundane example of a cookie; the only thing it's useful for is to relate a later transaction to this one (so you get the same clothes back).

Compare: magic cookie; See also: fortune cookie.

3. <security, jargon> A cracker term for the password list on a multi-user computer.

4. <jargon> An adjective describing a computer that just became toast.

(01 Mar 1997)

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