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macro:
n.  1. a macro form 2. a macro function. 3. a macro name.

macro character:
n.  a character which, when encountered by the Lisp reader in its main dispatch loop, introduces a reader macro1. (Macro characters have nothing to do with macros.)

macro expansion:
n.  1. the process of translating a macro form into another form. 2. the form resulting from this process.

macro form:
n.  a form that stands for another form (e.g., for the purposes of abstraction, information hiding, or syntactic convenience); that is, either a compound form whose first element is a macro name, or a form that is a symbol that names a symbol macro.

macro function:
n.  a function of two arguments, a form and an environment, that implements macro expansion by producing a form to be evaluated in place of the original argument form.

macro lambda list:
n.  an extended lambda list used in forms that establish macro definitions, such as defmacro and macrolet. See Section 3.4.4 Macro Lambda Lists.

macro name:
n.  a name for which macro-function returns true and which when used as the first element of a compound form identifies that form as a macro form.

macroexpand hook:
n.  the function that is the value of *macroexpand-hook*.

mapping:
n.  1. a type of iteration in which a function is successively applied to objects taken from corresponding entries in collections such as sequences or hash tables. 2. Math. a relation between two sets in which each element of the first set (the "domain") is assigned one element of the second set (the "range").

metaclass:
n.  1. a class whose instances are classes. 2. (of an object) the class of the class of the object.

Metaobject Protocol:
n.  one of many possible descriptions of how a conforming implementation might implement various aspects of the object system. This description is beyond the scope of this document, and no conforming implementation is required to adhere to it except as noted explicitly in this specification. Nevertheless, its existence helps to establish normative practice, and implementors with no reason to diverge from it are encouraged to consider making their implementation adhere to it where possible. It is described in detail in The Art of the Metaobject Protocol.

method:
n.  an object that is part of a generic function and which provides information about how that generic function should behave when its arguments are objects of certain classes or with certain identities.

method combination:
n.  1. generally, the composition of a set of methods to produce an effective method for a generic function. 2. an object of type method-combination, which represents the details of how the method combination1 for one or more specific generic functions is to be performed.

method-defining form:
n.  a form that defines a method for a generic function, whether explicitly or implicitly. See Section 7.6.1 Introduction to Generic Functions.

method-defining operator:
n.  an operator corresponding to a method-defining form. See Figure 7.6.1 Introduction to Generic Functions.

minimal compilation:
n.  actions the compiler must take at compile time. See Section 3.2.2 Compilation Semantics.

modified lambda list:
n.  a list resembling an ordinary lambda list in form and purpose, but which deviates in syntax or functionality from the definition of an ordinary lambda list. See ordinary lambda list. deftype uses a modified lambda list.

most recent:
adj.  innermost; that is, having been established (and not yet disestablished) more recently than any other of its kind.

multiple escape:
n., adj.  1. n. the syntax type of a character that is used in pairs to indicate that the enclosed characters are to be treated as alphabetic2 characters with their case preserved. For details, see Section 2.1.4.5 Multiple Escape Characters. 2. adj. (of a character) having the multiple escape syntax type. 3. n. a multiple escape2 character. (In the standard readtable, vertical-bar is a multiple escape character.)

multiple values:
n.  1. more than one value. The function truncate returns multiple values. 2. a variable number of values, possibly including zero or one. The function values returns multiple values. 3. a fixed number of values other than one. The macro multiple-value-bind is among the few operators in Common Lisp which can detect and manipulate multiple values.


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