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Washing Machine

/wȯ-shiŋ mə-shēn/

n. Old-style 14-inch hard disks in floor-standing cabinets. So called because of the size of the cabinet and the 'top-loading' access to the media packs -- and, of course, they were always set on 'spin cycle'. The washing-machine idiom transcends language barriers; it is even used in Russian hacker jargon.

See also walking drives.

The thick channel cables connecting these were called 'bit hoses' (see hose).