1. A factory test designed to catch systems with marginal components before they
get out the door; the theory is that burn-in will protect customers by
outwaiting the steepest part of the bathtub curve (see infant mortality).
2. A period of indeterminate length in which a person using a computer is so
intensely involved in his project that he forgets basic needs such as food,
drink, sleep, etc. Warning: Excessive burn-in can lead to burn-out. See hack
mode, larval stage.
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