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wi·ki http://sp.ask.com/dictstatic/g/d/speaker.gif (http://dictionary.reference.com/audio.html/ahd4WAV/W0153050/wiki) (wĭk'ē) http://sp.ask.com/dictstatic/g/d/dictionary_questionbutton_default.gif (http://dictionary.reference.com/help/ahd4/pronkey.html)
n. pl. wi·kis
A collaborative website whose content can be edited by anyone who has access to it.

[Originally an abbreviation of WikiWikiWeb, software developed by American computer programmer Howard G. Cunningham (born 1949) : Hawaiian wikiwiki, quick + web.]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
Copyright © 2009 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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Main Entry: wikiPart of Speech: nDefinition: a collaborative Web site set up to allow user editing and adding of contentEtymology: 1995; < Hawaiian wiki wiki quickUsage: sometimes cap.

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Computing Dictionary
wiki communications
Any collaborative website (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/website) that users can easily modify via the web, typically without restriction. A wiki allows anyone, using a web browser (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/web+browser), to edit, delete or modify content that has been placed on the site, including the work of other authors. This has been found to work surprisingly well since contributors tend to be more numerous and persistent than vandals and old versions of pages are always available.
Text is entered using a simple mark-up language (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/mark-up+language) which is then rendered as HTML (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/HTML). A feature common to many of the different implementations is that any word in mixed case LikeThis is automatically turned into a link to a page of that name, which may or may not exist (similar to the linking in this dictionary).
In contrast, a web log (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/web+log), typically authored by an individual, does not allow visitors to change the original posted material, only add comments.
Wiki wiki means "quick" in Hawaiian. The first wiki was created by Ward Cunningham (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/Ward+Cunningham) in 1995.
wiki.org (http://dictionary.reference.com/go/http://wiki.org/).
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The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © 1993-2007 Denis Howe

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Encyclopedia
wiki
World Wide Web (http://www.reference.com/browse/World+Wide+Web) (WWW) site that can be modified or contributed to by users. Wikis can be dated to 1995, when American computer programmer Ward Cunningham created a new collaborative technology for organizing information on Web sites. Using a Hawaiian term meaning "quick," he called this new software WikiWikiWeb, attracted by its alliteration and also by its matching abbreviation (WWW)

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American Psychological Association (APA):
wiki. (n.d.). The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Retrieved March 04, 2010, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/wiki

Chicago Manual Style (CMS):
wiki. Dictionary.com. The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/wiki (accessed: March 04, 2010).

Modern Language Association (MLA):
"wiki." The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004. 04 Mar. 2010. <Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/wiki>.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE):
Dictionary.com, "wiki," in The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Source location: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/wiki. Available: http://dictionary.reference.com (http://dictionary.reference.com/). Accessed: March 04, 2010.

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