lint(1), named for the bits of
fluff it supposedly picks from programs] 1. vt. To examine a
program closely for style, language usage, and portability
problems, esp. if in C, esp. if via use of automated analysis
tools, most esp. if the Unix utility
lint(1) is used.
This term used to be restricted to use of
but (judging by references on Usenet) it has become a shorthand for
desk check at some non-Unix shops, even in languages other
than C. Also as v. delint. 2. n. Excess verbiage in a
document, as in "This draft has too much lint".