wi·​ki | \ ˈwi-kē How to pronounce wiki (audio) , ˈwē- \

Definition of wiki

: a website that allows visitors to make changes, contributions, or corrections

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Today, wikis are common stops on the information superhighway; however, they only date to 1995, after computer programmer Ward Cunningham introduced his software WikiWikiWeb to the world. The software, whose name is based on a Hawaiian term for "quick," allows Web site visitors to contribute content to its pages and comment on and make changes to information posted by others. A site using the software is referred to as a wiki.

Examples of wiki in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web See Debian's wiki for more and note Red Hat's decision to deprecate btrfs entirely in RHEL 7.4.) The Clear Linux FAQ also points us to an elderly Github issue in which a user requests a ZFS bundle and is shot down. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Linux distro review: Intel’s own Clear Linux OS," 17 Feb. 2020 NetHack itself had meanwhile splintered and branched out into lots of variants, as documented in the NetHack wiki. Richard C. Moss, Ars Technica, "ASCII art + permadeath: The history of roguelike games," 19 Mar. 2020 On r/CurlyHair, moderator Minniesnowtah says that keeping the forum inclusive means curating the sub's wiki and posts accordingly. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "The Women Keeping Reddit's Beauty Community a Judgement-Free Space," 24 Apr. 2018 According to the Batman wiki, it’s Joker who ends up rising to power and taking over the False Facers. Gina Vaynshteyn,, "What You Should Know About Harley Quinn’s Birds of Prey Nemesis: Black Mask," 7 Feb. 2020 Ri-Lee Howell, named for the late Riley Howell, is a Jedi Master and historian of the Jedi Order, according to the character's new bio on Wookiepedia, the Star Wars-centric wiki. Jordan Freiman, CBS News, "UNC Charlotte shooting hero honored with new Star Wars character," 24 Dec. 2019 And, believe it or not, even Wikipedia editors are arguing about whether to include a national championship notation in the Knights’ wiki description. Mike Bianchi,, "Grotesque gymnastics doctor is just latest example of sports officials turning a blind eye to evil," 19 Jan. 2018 The awesome Live Nation wiki boasts more than 3 million set lists from over 150,000 artists., "Everything you need to know about Neil Diamond's July 28 Portland concert," 26 July 2017 Proper Media’s principals were Chris Richmond, who had founded a wiki called TV Tropes, and Drew Schoentrup, both now described in court filings as residents of Puerto Rico (more on that shortly). Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "Snopes Faces an Ugly Legal Battle," 24 July 2017

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First Known Use of wiki

1995, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for wiki

WikiWikiWeb, a website with such programming introduced in 1995

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“Wiki.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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