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ELF (uncountable)

  1. (computing) Acronym of Executable and Linking Format (a common object file format for Unix)
    • 2016, Ryan "elfmaster" O'Neill, Learning Linux Binary Analysis (page 97)
      In ELF executables, there aren't a whole lot of code caves (such as in the PE format), so you are not likely to be able to shove more than just a meager amount of shellcode into existing code slots []
  2. (electronics) Initialism of extremely low frequency (band of radio frequencies from 3 to 30 hertz)
    Coordinate terms: LF, VLF
  3. (linguistics) Acronym of English as a Lingua Franca (English used by non-native speakers)
    Coordinate term: Globish
    • 2012, Anna Mauranen, Exploring ELF: Academic English Shaped by Non-native Speakers, Cambridge University Press, →ISBN, page 3:
      The consequences of the massive volume of ELF to English taken as a whole, as the aggregate use of the language, is essentially a descriptive issue: what new features of English are emerging and taking hold?

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  1. Initialism of Earth Liberation Front (a radical environmentalism group)
    • 2022 May 26, Matthew Wolfe, “The Rise and Fall of America’s Environmentalist Underground”, in The New York Times[1], ISSN 0362-4331:
      In the late 1990s, the ELF became notorious for setting fire to symbols of ecological destruction, including timber mills, an S.U.V. dealership and a ski resort.
  2. Initialism of Elvish Linguistic Fellowship (an organization that studies the invented languages of J. R. R. Tolkien)
  3. Initialism of Endangered Language Fund (a non-profit organization)