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grok

 (grŏk)
tr.v. grok·ked, grok·king, groks Slang
To understand profoundly through intuition or empathy.

[Coined by Robert A. Heinlein in his Stranger in a Strange Land.]

grok

(ɡrɒk)
vb
to understand completely and intuitively

grok

(grɒk)
v. grokked, grok•king. Slang. v.t.
1. to understand thoroughly and intuitively.
v.i.
2. to communicate sympathetically.
[coined by Robert A. Heinlein in the science-fiction novel Stranger in a Strange Land (1961)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.grok - get the meaning of somethinggrok - get the meaning of something; "Do you comprehend the meaning of this letter?"
understand - know and comprehend the nature or meaning of; "She did not understand her husband"; "I understand what she means"
figure - understand; "He didn't figure her"
catch on, cotton on, get it, get onto, get wise, twig, latch on, tumble - understand, usually after some initial difficulty; "She didn't know what her classmates were plotting but finally caught on"
intuit - know or grasp by intuition or feeling
digest - arrange and integrate in the mind; "I cannot digest all this information"
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The lack of coordination is inefficient and slows the institution's momentum in global markets," explains Grok CEO Kim Morrison.
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Career: Inspired by the National Computer Science School, Tim and three other young scientists formed Grok Learning--a team of educators and engineers dedicated to teaching the next generation about computer science.
(7.) On science fiction as a resource for hackers, see Bruce Sterling, The Hacker Crackdown: Law and Disorder on the Electronic Frontier (New York: Bantam Books, 1992); Douglas Thomas, Hacker Culture (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2002), 1923; Rob Latham, Consuming Youth: Vampires, Cyborgs, and the Culture of Consumption (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2002); Stephen Kline, Nick Dyer- Witheford, and Greig De Peuter, Digital Play: The Interaction of Technology, Culture, and Marketing (Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2003); Vincenzo D'Andrea, Stefano De Paoli, and Maurizio Teli, "Open to Grok: How Do Hackers' Practices Produce Hackers?" in Open Source Development, Communities and Quality, ed.
Now one innovative fellow, Grok, got to thinking about a new way to catch fish, and, over the course of much mental effort, he developed an idea for a contraption akin to what we have come to call a net.
Seconds after the "grok, grok" cries, the large bird, black as night, soared across the leaden skies.
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The word "grok" was coined by science fiction writer Robert Heinlein in his novel Stranger in a Strange Land, and it roughly means "to understand something intuitively." The basic search product is free, but there is a fee-based tier that provides extra functions.
Mindful pilots look for mods, check for placards, read the documentation and do their best to grok what any and all modifications will mean to aircraft performance.
"The proofs can be explained and taught and respected from a distance, yet there still remains the fact that you either grok it or you don't, and that's that" (p.