legerdemain

1. sleight of hand 2. a show of skill or deceitful cleverness


The first time I came across this word was when I was a kid reading books about Houdini. I saw it again in the July issue of PC Magazine: “The technology accomplishes this legerdemain by examining a file, locating the most frequently recurring data, and then generating a sequencing data dictionary so that the file can be compressed.”

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