sync /sink/ n., /vi./ (var. `synch') 1. To synchronize,
to bring into synchronization. 2. [techspeak] To force all pending
I/O to the disk; see flush, sense 2. 3. More generally, to
force a number of competing processes or agents to a state that
would be `safe' if the system were to crash; thus, to checkpoint
(in the database-theory sense).
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