vt. To abort a job on a time-sharing system. Used esp. when the
person doing the deed is an operator, as in "canned from the
". Frequently used in an imperative sense, as in "Can
that print job, the LPT just popped a sprocket!
" Synonymous with
. It is said that the ASCII character with mnemonic CAN
(0011000) was used as a kill-job character on some early OSes.