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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Shebang \She*bang"\, n. [Cf. Shebeen.] 1. A jocosely depreciative name for a dwelling or shop; a primitive dwelling; a shanty. [Slang, U.S.] [1913 Webster] 2. The structure of an object, process, organization, or anything viewed as complicated; -- used primarily in the phrase the whole shebang; as, it comes with unnecessary frills, but you have to buy the whole shebang. [informal] [PJC] 3. (computers) [Possibly derived from shell bang; the character ! is referred to in some computer contexts as bang.] The character sequence #!, which frequently begins shell scripts in a Unix system. [PJC]