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dunsel (plural dunsels)
- (nautical) Something (especially part of a vessel) that is useless, or superfluous or unnecessary.
- 2007, Mark S. Kadrich, “Linux”, in Endpoint Security, Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Addison-Wesley, →ISBN, pages 229 and 234:
- [page 229] For those of you who don't recognize the term, dunsel was a term first used in Star Trek to characterize Captain Kirk in the episode "The Ultimate Computer." The plotline was about a scientist, Doctor Richard Daystrom, who installs a computer that is designed to operate the Enterprise without the need for the crew. The new M5 computer would enable mankind to explore the galaxy without putting human life in danger. Without a crew, a captain is pretty useless, and at one point Kirk was referred to as Captain Dunsel. […] Well, I'm using dunsel here to describe software or applications that don't need to be on your computer. […] [page 234] More than a few systems have been accessed via the guest account or other default accounts, so one thing we need to do is to remove all the dunsel default user accounts.
- 2015 September 2, Chris Mentch, “In the Face of Her Storm”, in As I See It: Reasons, Rhymes, and Reflections; the Spirit of a “Well-versed” Philosophy, Bloomington, Ind.: WestBow Press, →ISBN:
- I struggled down through the galley. / And again up to the mast. / I even checked on the dunsel, / Wrapped my girl's sails down, I wrapped 'em low and I wrapped 'em fast.
- (nautical, by extension) A captain of a vessel who has little or no authority.
- [1968, “The Ultimate Computer”, in Star Trek: The Original Series (DVD), season 2, episode 53, written by D[orothy] C[atherine] Fontana, Hollywood, Calif.: Paramount Pictures, published 2014, →ISBN:
- 2015 January 10, “The Infernal Machine”, in John K. Balor, editor, SPACE: 1999 – The 40th Anniversary Celebration: A New Episode by Episode Commentary and Analysis by Online Alpha, Raleigh, N.C.: Lulu, published September 2015, →ISBN, page 290:
- In EARTHBOUND we have the exact same story. There is nothing wrong with Simmonds per se, but, just like Captain Kirk in THE ULTIMATE COMPUTER [a Star Trek episode], he has become "Captain Dunsail"[sic, meaning Dunsel] in the sense of no longer having any function. He is suffering from the same state of lacked recognition that Gwent talks about.
- dunsel cap (appears to be unrelated)