4552 cons - Definition of cons at Define.com Dictionary and Thesaurus (define cons)
 A:link {color:inherit;text-decoration: inherit;font-style:inherit} A:active{color:inherit;text-decoration: inherit;font-style:inherit} A:visited{color:inherit;text-decoration: inherit;font-style:inherit} A:hover{color:inherit;text-decoration: underline;font-style:inherit} From Jargon File (4.3.1, 29 Jun 2001) [jargon]: cons /konz/ or /kons/ [from LISP]1. vt. To add a new element to a specified list, esp. at the top. "OK, cons picking a replacement for the console TTY onto the agenda." 2. 'cons up': vt. To synthesize from smaller pieces: "to cons up an example". In LISP itself, 'cons' is the most fundamental operation for building structures. It takes any two objects and returns a 'dot-pair' or two-branched tree with one object hanging from each branch. Because the result of a cons is an object, it can be used to build binary trees of any shape and complexity. Hackers think of it as a sort of universal constructor, and that is where the jargon meanings spring from. From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (27 SEP 03) [foldoc]:From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (27 SEP 03) [foldoc]: cons /konz/ or /kons/ [LISP, "construct"] A {Lisp} function which takes an element H and a list T and returns a new list whose head is H and whose tail is T. In {Lisp}, "cons" is the most fundamental operation for building structures. It actually takes any two objects and returns a "{dotted-pair}" or two-branched tree with one object hanging from each branch. Because the result of a cons is an object, it can be used to build {binary tree}s of any shape and complexity. [{Jargon File}] From Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (Version 1.9, June 2002) [vera]: Define.com is a registered nonprofit corporation dedicated solely to the global public interest and the advancement of humanity. It belongs to all of us who have a desire to promote electronic democracy, science, creativity, imagination, reason, critical thinking, peace, race and gender equality, civil rights, equal access to education, personal liberty, free speech, animal rights, compassionate and nonviolent parenting, social and economic justice, global monetary reform, Secular Humanism, cognitive liberty and a permanent cessation of The War on Drugs. Let's see what we can do if we put our heads together. 0