<character, jargon> /n[y]oo'li:n/ Line feed
or other character sequence used to terminate a line of text.
uses line feed
as its text line terminator - a Bell-Labs-ism rather than a Berkeley
Interestingly (and unusually for Unix jargon), it is said to have originally been an IBM
Though the term "newline" appears in ASCII
standards, it never caught on in the general computing world before Unix
The encoding of line feed as "\n" in C
strings comes from this name.
The term has been used more generally for any end of line
character, character sequence (e.g. crlf
), or operation (like Pascal
's writeln procedure or Lisp 1.5
) required to terminate a text record or separate lines.