from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Slang A situation, organization, contrivance, or set of facts or things: organized and ran the whole shebang.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any matter of present concern; thing; or business.
- n. A lean-to or temporary shelter.
- n. The character string "#!" used at the beginning of a computer file to indicate which interpreter can process the commands in the file, chiefly used in Unix and related operating systems.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A jocosely depreciative name for a dwelling or shop; a primitive dwelling; a shanty.
- n. The structure of an object, process, organization, or anything viewed as complicated; -- used primarily in the phrase the whole shebang.
- n. The character sequence #!, which frequently begins shell scripts in a Unix system.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A shanty; place; “concern”: as, who lives in this shebang ? he threatened to clean out the whole shebang.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an entire system; used in the phrase `the whole shebang'
Origin unknown.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Unknown. 1862 as “temporary shelter”, modern sense as “matter of concern” from 1869, also “vehicle” from 1872. (Wiktionary)
hash + bang or sharp + bang, after Etymology 1. (Wiktionary)