from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Informal An introduction.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Short form of introduction.
  • n. A small demo produced to promote one's demogroup or for a competition.
  • v. To introduce.


Abbreviated from introduction, from Latin, ultimately a compound from intrō ("I enter") – the abbreviation removes the second part of the compound, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *h₁énteros (“inner, what is inside”). The demoscene sense comes from the fact that they were originally prepended to pirated copies of computer games. (Wiktionary)


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