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.

Examples of wiki in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Entire blog posts, wiki entries, and presentations from OSM mappers exist to bridge the knowledge gap, explaining the purpose of OpenStreetMap data to Pokémon Go users and breaking down Pokémon Go game mechanics for frustrated OSM contributors. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, 6 May 2024 Fandom’s study was compiled via a survey of 5,000 entertainment and gaming fans globally, and combined with proprietary insights from Fandom’s first-party platform data of over 350 million monthly users, 45 million content pages across 250,000 wikis. Jennifer Maas, Variety, 20 May 2024 Contractor also believes the service is preferable to alternative company knowledge base tools, such as wikis or document shares. Barry Collins, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 Sega Retro Most of the changes on the Sega Retro wiki every day are tiny things, like single-line tweaks to game details or image swaps. Kevin Purdy, Ars Technica, 5 July 2023 Per year-end data provided by Fandom (which touts itself as the world’s biggest wiki platform for entertainment and gaming fan), the below were the top franchises overall across the website in 2023. Jennifer Maas, Variety, 28 Dec. 2023 An attempt at an elaborate training wiki that could get volunteers editing and monitoring the pages that mattered most in their world. Ben Lerner, Harper's Magazine, 3 Nov. 2023 Montgomery, who also moderates the Severance fan Discord and contributes to the Severance wiki, began the week worrying about confusing messaging from SAG-AFTRA on fan activity, particularly over whether cosplay was considered scabbing. WIRED, 24 July 2023 Company Knowledge-Sharing Platforms Does your company have an internal wiki? Yec, Forbes, 8 Mar. 2023

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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 25 Jun. 2024.

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