wizard

Definitions

General English

General Science

  • noun a software utility that helps someone create something

Electronics

  • An interactive utility which provides help, such as that which may be needed during the installation or use of an application. Such a wizard usually provides guidance step-by-step. Also called assistant.
  • An expert in some area of computing or networking, such as a hacker.
  • A user with certain privileges in a given setting, such as MUDs.

Origin & History of “wizard”

A wizard is etymologically a ‘wise’ man – indeed originally the word was used for ‘philosopher’ or ‘sage’, without any suggestion of magical practices. It was derived from wise. The distinction between philosophy and magic was sufficiently blurred in the middle Ages for the sense ‘magician’ to emerge in the 16th century, and that is the one which has prevailed.
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