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character, jargon /n[y]oo'li:n/ Line feed or other
character sequence used to terminate a line of text.
Unix uses line feed as its text line terminator - a
Bell-Labs-ism rather than a Berkeleyism. Interestingly
(and unusually for Unix jargon), it is said to have originally
been an IBM usage. Though the term "newline" appears in
ASCII standards, it never caught on in the general
computing world before Unix. The encoding of line feed as
"n" in C and Unix strings comes from this name.