Definitions for JOSSdʒɒs
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a Chinese house idol or cult image.
Category: Eastern Religions
Origin of joss:
1705–15; < Chin Pidgin E < Pg deos < L deus god
a Chinese god worshipped in the form of an idol
A Chinese household divinity; a Chinese idol.
a Chinese household divinity; a Chinese idol
JOSS was one of the very first interactive, time sharing programming languages. JOSS I, developed by J. Clifford Shaw at RAND was first implemented, in beta form, on the JOHNNIAC computer in May 1963. The full implementation was deployed in January 1964, supporting 5 terminals and the final version, supporting 10 terminals, was deployed in January 1965. JOSS was written in a symbolic assembly language called EasyFox. EasyFox was also developed by Cliff Shaw. JOSS was dubbed "The Helpful Assistant" and is renowned for its conversational user interface. Originally green/black typewriter ribbons were used in its terminals with green being used for user input and black for the computer's response. Any command that was not understood elicited the response "Eh?". JOSS II, was developed by Charles L. Baker, Joseph W. Smith, Irwin D. Greenwald, and G. Edward Bryan for the PDP-6 computer between 1964 and February 1966. Many variants of JOSS were developed and implemented on a variety of platforms. Some of these variants remained very similar to the original: TELCOMP, FOCAL, CAL, CITRAN, ISIS, PIL/I, JEAN, AID; while others, such as MUMPS, developed in distinctive directions.
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
a Chinese god or his idol.
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