|Noun||1.||cookie - any of various small flat sweet cakes (`biscuit' is the British term)|
|2.||cookie - the cook on a ranch or at a camp|
|3.||cookie - a short line of text that a web site puts on your computer's hard drive when you access the web site|
|1.||(protocol)||cookie - A handle, transaction ID, or other token of
agreement between cooperating programs. "I give him a packet,
he gives me back a cookie".|
The claim check you get from a dry-cleaning shop is a perfect mundane example of a cookie; the only thing it's useful for is to relate a later transaction to this one (so you get the same clothes back).
Another example is an HTTP cookie.
Compare magic cookie; see also fortune cookie.
|2.||(security, jargon)||cookie - A cracker term for the password list on a multi-user computer.|
|3.||(jargon)||cookie - An adjective describing a computer that just became toast.|