|n.||1.||One who toasts.|
|2.||A kitchen utensil for toasting bread, cheese, etc.|
|Noun||1.||toaster - a kitchen appliance (usually electric) for toasting bread|
|2.||toaster - someone who proposes a toast; someone who drinks to the health of success of someone or some venture|
|(jargon)||toaster - 1. The archetypal really stupid application for an
embedded microprocessor controller; often used in comments
that imply that a scheme is inappropriate technology (but see
elevator controller). "DWIM for an assembler? That'd be
as silly as running Unix on your toaster!"|
2. A very, very dumb computer. "You could run this program on any dumb toaster."
See bitty box, Get a real computer!, toy, beige toaster.
3. A Macintosh, especially the Classic Mac. Some hold that this is implied by sense 2.
4. A peripheral device. "I bought my box without toasters, but since then I've added two boards and a second disk drive".
This is not usually to be taken literally but, to show off the expansion capabilities of the Risc PC, Acorn Computers Ltd. built a seven-slice machine (which they called "the rocket-ship") and installed every imaginable peripheral. In a spare drive bay of the top slice they installed a toaster. This machine was exhibited at various shows where it attracted attention by occasionally ejecting a pizza.