/ wɪmp /
(abbreviation for weak interacting massive particle)
(acronym for windows, icons, menus, pointing device)
In computing, another name for graphical user interface (GUI).
Hypothetical subatomic particle found in the Galaxy's dark matter. These particles could constitute the 80% of dark matter unaccounted for by MACHOs (massive astrophysical compact halo objects).
Acronym for Windows, Icons, Mouse, and Pointers. A graphical user interface (GUI) such as those provided by the Apple Macintosh and Microsoft Windows operating systems. WIMP is usually said to stand for Windows, Icons, Mouse, and Pointers, but the acronym is sometimes spelled out as either Windows, Icons, Menus, and Pointers or Windows, Icons, Mouse, and Pull-down menus. The WIMP interface was invented at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), where it was first used in the Alto computer in the early 1970s. See also graphical user interface.