Definition of grep in English:

grep

noun

Computing
  • A Unix command used to search files for the occurrence of a string of characters that matches a specified pattern.

    • ‘In fact, it works a lot like grep: if you give a snippet of your e-mail address or some other text as your key identifier, gpg will match the first key whose user ID contains the string.’
    • ‘This utility will search through your mail log file using grep and display important statistics gleaned from that file: largest messages, source of most messages, etc.’
    • ‘The log contains data from many months, not only January 2004, so the first order of business is to use grep to limit our data set.’
    • ‘I am obviously not the only person who has ever reverted to grep and find after failing to remember where a particular file is stored on a web site.’
    • ‘The quickest way of finding those messages is by using grep.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]Computing
  • Search for (a string of characters) using grep.

    • ‘This is so derivative, but I want these links here when I grep my archives.’
    • ‘Simply grep for " FAIL’ in the logs, and these entries will stand right out.’
    • ‘With tvguide, I can grab what's on the site quickly, grep it and tune in something interesting on my TV card.’
    • ‘It's not too hard to grep the logs for ‘error’ or ‘warning’ and include that in the email, too.’
    • ‘They plan to assemble the data and grep for various key words and names in hopes of stumbling upon the passphrases of known and suspected evildoers.’

Origin

From the initial letters of g lobal(ly) search r egular e xpression p rint.

Pronunciation

grep

/ɡrep/