squawk

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English[edit]

A Silver Gull squawking

Etymology[edit]

Unknown [from 1821], but probably of imitative origin (compare dialectal Italian squacco (small-crested heron)).

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Noun[edit]

squawk (plural squawks)

  1. A shrill noise, especially made by a voice or bird; a yell, scream, or call.
  2. (aviation) A four-digit transponder code used by aircraft for identification or transmission of emergency signals.
  3. (aviation) An issue or complaint related to aircraft maintenance.
  4. The American night heron.
  5. (programming, informal) A warning message indicating a possible error.
    • 2012, Scott Meyers, Effective C++ Digital Collection: 140 Ways to Improve Your Programming
      The function-hiding code above, for instance, goes through a different (but widely used) compiler with nary a squawk.

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Verb[edit]

squawk (third-person singular simple present squawks, present participle squawking, simple past and past participle squawked)

  1. To make a squawking noise; to yell, scream, or call out shrilly.
  2. To speak out; to protest.
  3. To report an infraction; to rat on or tattle; to disclose a secret.
  4. (programming, informal) To produce a warning message, indicating a possible error.
    • 1993, Steve Maguire, Writing Solid Code
      That way, if you type = instead of ==, the compiler will squawk because you can't assign something to a constant.
    • 2013, Bill Sempf, ‎Chuck Sphar, ‎Stephen R. Davis, C# 5.0 All-in-One For Dummies
      You want the compiler to squawk if you try to instantiate for a type that doesn't implement IPrioritizable.
  5. (aviation) To set or transmit a four-digit transponder code. (Normally followed by the specific code in question.)

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