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munge (third-person singular simple present munges, present participle munging, simple past and past participle munged)

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  1. (transitive, computing, informal) To transform data in an undefined or unexplained manner, as for example when data wrangling requires nonsystemic or nonsystematic edits.
    • 2011, Brian Knight, Ketan Patel, Wayne Snyder, Professional Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Administration
      As a part of the code review with the development team, notify them that you want to have these options as a part of the installation script, rather than you munging the installation scripts during deployment.
  2. (transitive, computing, informal) To add a spamblock to (an email address).
    • 1998, Alan Schwartz, Simson Garfinkel, Stopping spam
      Munging is effective — it prevents unwanted email from reaching you by keeping your real email address out of the clutches of the address-harvesting programs.
  3. (transitive, genealogy, informal) To corrupt a record about an individual by erroneously merging in information about another individual.
    It looks like this record is munged—it has this person's birth date, but his father's death date

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  1. third-person singular present indicative of mungere