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n. 1. [techspeak] Executable code, esp. a 'pure code' portion shared between multiple instances of a program running in a multitasking OS (compare English).

2. Textual material in the mainstream sense; data in ordinary ASCII or EBCDIC representation (see flat-ASCII).

"Those are text files; you can review them using the editor."

These two contradictory senses confuse hackers, too.