1. <tool, language> (Named from the authors' initials) An interpreted language included with many versions of Unix for massaging text data, developed by Alfred Aho, Peter Weinberger, and Brian Kernighan in 1978. It is characterised by C-like syntax, declaration-free variables, associative arrays, and field-oriented text processing.
Unix manual page: awk(1).
["The AWK Programming Language" A. Aho, B. Kernighan, P. Weinberger, A-W 1988].