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1. The practice of translating a hot spot of a program in a
HLL into hand-tuned assembly language, as opposed to
trying to coerce the compiler into generating better code.
Both the term and the practice are becoming uncommon.
See tune, bum, by hand; synonym with cruft.
2. More generally, manual construction or patching of data
sets that would normally be generated by a translation utility
and interpreted by another program, and aren't really designed
to be read or modified by humans.