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vt. 1. To grab, esp. to grab a large document or file for the purpose of using it with or without the author's permission.

See also BLT.

2. [in the UNIX community] To fetch a file or set of files across a network.

See also blast.

This term was mainstream in the late 1960s, meaning 'to eat piggishly'. It may still have this connotation in context. "He's in the snarfing phase of hacking -- FTPing megs of stuff a day."

3. To acquire, with little concern for legal forms or politesse (but not quite by stealing).

"They were giving away samples, so I snarfed a bunch of them."

4. Syn. for slurp.

"This program starts by snarfing the entire database into core, then..."