wi·​ki ˈwi-kē How to pronounce wiki (audio)
: 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 website 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.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The wiki is broken down into sub-categories, with pages for each of the major networks as well as general resources on the topic. Christie Wilcox, Discover Magazine, 1 July 2012 Page and the workshop wiki, which is an evolving collection of information and resources, as well as the Storify of the afternoon by Jessica Rohde. Christie Wilcox, Discover Magazine, 1 Mar. 2012 Rayl cites as an example a colleague who recently went on parental leave, who might want to leave behind a wiki full of resources, as opposed to trying to squeeze it all into a standard Slack status or offering an inelegant URL to a doc. WIRED, 20 Sep. 2022 Genesis Market maintains a wiki to help make the site easy to use. Dan Patterson, CBS News, 8 Sep. 2021 Traditionally, growing organizations adopt a clunky, non-intuitive intranet platform or hack on top of a cluttered wiki. Gary Drenik, Forbes, 8 June 2021 Establishing one central company access point to these standard operating procedures, such as a wiki or Intranet, can organize these procedures by department and role and will help ensure they’re being adhered to. Yec, Forbes, 2 Mar. 2021 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, 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, 19 Mar. 2020 See More

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Word History


WikiWikiWeb, a website with such programming introduced in 1995

First Known Use

1995, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of wiki was in 1995


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“Wiki.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Feb. 2023.

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