awk 1. n. [UNIX techspeak] An interpreted language for massaging text data developed by Alfred Aho, Peter Weinberger, and Brian
Kernighan (the name derives from their initials). It is
characterized by C-like syntax, a declaration-free approach to
variable typing and declarations, associative arrays, and
field-oriented text processing. See also Perl. 2. n.
Editing term for an expression awkward to manipulate through normal
regexp facilities (for example, one containing a
newline). 3. vt. To process data using `awk(1)'.