twiddle thumbs


To twiddle means to touch lightly or play with. In computing, it refers to:

  • Making small or insignificant changes to source code, often without much understanding
  • Bit twiddling, or bit manipulation, algorithmically manipulating bits
  • The ASCII tilde (~) character
  • Complex roots of unity used as coefficients in the Fast Fourier Transform algorithm are known as twiddle factors
  • Twiddling thumbs is when one clasps ones hands together and rotates each thumb over the other in a continous motioon, usually done in a waiting situation to prevent boredom
  • Twiddle, a Vermont band.
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