What is a Hacker?

Meriam-Webster defines a hacker:

a person who secretly gets access to a computer system in order to get information, cause damage, etc.

Interesting, that does not seem quite right. Let’s look at the second definition Meriam gives, it might be more accurate:

a person who plays a sport badly

Nice, that definition is a bit more accurate. This is inspite of the fact that the second definition is not at all intended to define a computer hacker.

Meriam, you have failed me. Besides someone who is (probably) bad at sports, what is a hacker? I would define a hacker as:

A person who uses their computer science skills to create and innovate in a space that they are passionate about.

I think this is a pretty good definition of a hacker.