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  • uncountable noun advent In the Christian church, Advent is the period between Advent Sunday, the Sunday closest to the 30th of November, and Christmas Day. 3
  • uncountable noun advent The advent of an important event, invention, or situation is the fact of it starting or coming into existence. 3
  • uncountable noun advent The advent of a person at a place is their arrival there. 3
  • noun advent an arrival or coming, esp one which is awaited 3
  • noun advent the season including the four Sundays preceding Christmas or (in Eastern Orthodox churches) the forty days preceding Christmas 3
  • noun advent the period including the four Sundays just before Christmas 3
  • noun advent the birth of Christ 3
  • noun advent Second Coming 3
  • noun advent a coming or arrival 3
  • noun advent The arrival of a notable person, thing, or event. 1
  • noun advent religion: coming of Christ 1
  • noun advent pre-Christmas period 1
  • abbreviation ADVENT arrival 1
  • noun Definition of advent in Technology (games)   /ad'vent/ The prototypical computer adventure game, first implemented by Will Crowther for a CDC computer (probably the CDC 6600?) as an attempt at computer-refereed fantasy gaming. ADVENT was ported to the PDP-10, and expanded to the 350-point Classic puzzle-oriented version, by Don Woods of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (SAIL). The game is now better known as Adventure, but the TOPS-10 operating system permitted only six-letter filenames. All the versions since are based on the SAIL port. David Long of the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business Computing Facility (which had two of the four DEC20s on campus in the late 1970s and early 1980s) was responsible for expanding the cave in a number of ways, and pushing the point count up to 500, then 501 points. Most of his work was in the data files, but he made some changes to the parser as well. This game defined the terse, dryly humorous style now expected in text adventure games, and popularised several tag lines that have become fixtures of hacker-speak: "A huge green fierce snake bars the way!" "I see no X here" (for some noun X). "You are in a maze of twisty little passages, all alike." "You are in a little maze of twisty passages, all different." The "magic words" xyzzy and plugh also derive from this game. Crowther, by the way, participated in the exploration of the Mammoth & Flint Ridge cave system; it actually *has* a "Colossal Cave" and a "Bedquilt" as in the game, and the "Y2" that also turns up is cavers' jargon for a map reference to a secondary entrance. See also vadding. 1
  • noun advent the coming of Christ on Judgment Day. 1
  • noun advent Coming; coming to; approach; arrival. 0
  • noun advent (religion, Christianity, always capitalized) See Advent. 0
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