de-rezz /dee-rez'/ [from `de-resolve' via the movie
"Tron"] (also `derez') 1. /vi./ To disappear or dissolve; the
image that goes with it is of an object breaking up into raster
lines and static and then dissolving. Occasionally used of a
person who seems to have suddenly `fuzzed out' mentally rather than
physically. Usage: extremely silly, also rare. This verb was
actually invented as *fictional* hacker jargon, and adopted in
a spirit of irony by real hackers years after the fact. 2. /vt./
Macintosh resource decompiler. On a Macintosh, many program
structures (including the code itself) are managed in small
segments of the program file known as `resources'; `Rez' and
`DeRez' are a pair of utilities for compiling and decompiling
resource files. Thus, decompiling a resource is `derezzing'.
Usage: very common.
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