op /op/ /n./ 1. In England and Ireland, common verbal
abbreviation for `operator', as in system operator. Less common in
the U.S., where sysop seems to be preferred. 2. [IRC] Someone
who is endowed with privileges on IRC, not limited to a
particular channel. These are generally people who are in charge
of the IRC server at their particular site. Sometimes used
interchangeably with chop. Compare sysop.
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