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Meaning of PEEK

Pronunciation:  peek

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a secret look
  2. [v]  look furtively
  3. [v]  throw a glance at; take a brief look at; "She only glanced at the paper"; "glint" is archaic; "I only peeked--I didn't see anything interesting"

PEEK is a 4 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: glance, glint, peep, peep
 See Also: look, look, looking, looking at



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Peek\, v. i. [OE. piken: cf. F. piquer to pierce, prick,
E. pique. Cf. {Peak}.]
To look slyly, or with the eyes half closed, or through a
crevice; to peep. [Colloq.]

Computing Dictionary

The command in most microcomputer basics for reading memory contents (a byte) at an absolute address. POKE is the corresponding command to write a value to an absolute address.

This is often extended to mean the corresponding constructs in any high level language.

Much hacking on small microcomputers without mmus consists of "peek"ing around memory, more or less at random, to find the location where the system keeps interesting stuff. Long (and variably accurate) lists of such addresses for various computers circulate (see interrupt list). The results of "poke"s at these addresses may be highly useful, mildly amusing, useless but neat, or total lossage (see killer poke).

Since a real operating system provides useful, higher-level services for the tasks commonly performed with peeks and pokes on micros, and real languages tend not to encourage low-level memory groveling, a question like "How do I do a peek in C?" is diagnostic of the newbie. Of course, operating system kernels often have to do exactly this; a real c hacker would unhesitatingly, if unportably, assign an absolute address to a pointer variable and indirect through it.

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Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: bend the eyes, blink, cast, direct the eyes, flash, gander, glance, glimpse, half an eye, look, meddle, nose, peep, peer, play peekaboo, pry, quick sight, rapid glance, slant, snoop, spy, squiz, take a peep, wink