wiki

noun
wi·ki | \ˈwi-kē, 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.

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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, OrlandoSentinel.com, "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. OregonLive.com, "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 Horn moved Tough Pigs online in 2001, but stepped away from the site four years later to start a Muppet wiki. Patrick Cooley, cleveland.com, "Native Clevelander helped break news that longtime Kermit the Frog puppeteer is stepping down," 14 July 2017 Searching in corporation wiki or the secretary of state should tell you the status of your entity. Allen Buchanan, Orange County Register, "5 hidden landmines in commercial real estate deals," 29 Apr. 2017 For those still interested in HyperCard, this HyperCard wiki is a good place to start. Wired Blogs, WIRED, "R.I.P. HyperCard, 1987-2004," 29 Mar. 2004 A Twin Peaks wiki (without any sourcing) lists Sarah Palmer’s DOB as 1945 (the same year as BOB). Joanna Robinson, VanityFair.com, "Twin Peaks: Trying to Make Sense of the Show’s Most Bonkers Episode," 26 June 2017 A Twin Peaks wiki (without any sourcing) lists Sarah Palmer’s DOB as 1945 (the same year as BOB). Vanityfair.com, VanityFair.com, "Twin Peaks: Trying to Make Sense of the Show’s Most Bonkers Episode," 26 June 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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