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UFO

[yoo-ef-oh or, sometimes, yoo-foh] /ˈyuˈɛfˈoʊ or, sometimes, ˈyu foʊ/
noun, plural UFO's, UFOs.
1.
any unexplained moving object observed in the sky, especially one assumed by some observers to be of extraterrestrial origin.
Also called unidentified flying object.
Compare flying saucer.
Origin
1950-1955
1950-55; u(nidentified) f(lying) o(bject)
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British Dictionary definitions for UFO

UFO

/sometimes ˈjuːfəʊ/
abbreviation
1.
unidentified flying object
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Word Origin and History for UFO
n.

1953, abbreviation of Unidentified Flying Object, which is attested from 1950.

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UFO in Culture
UFO [(yooh-ef-oh)]

An abbreviation for “Unidentified Flying Object.” Often described as “flying saucers,” some UFOs are believed to come from other planets or galaxies and thus support the idea that human beings are not the only form of intelligent life in the universe. Few scientists agree.

UFO [(yooh-ef-oh)]

The abbreviation for unidentified flying object. Sometimes referred to colloquially as “flying saucers.” Most UFO sightings have prosaic explanations; there is no hard evidence that extraterrestrial beings are visiting Earth.

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UFO in Technology
language
(United Functions and Objects) A hybrid functional and object-oriented language designed by John Seargant at Manchester University for general-purpose parallel computation.
To a first approximation, UFO is a strict, higher-order functional language with an object-oriented type system, and strong support for numeric computation in the form of SISAL-style arrays and loops. Parallelism is implicit, and applies at various different levels of granularity, thereby facilitating implementations on a wide range of parallel architectures.
It is planned to run it on a 64 processor KSR machine.
(1996-08-22)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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Related Abbreviations for UFO

UFO

unidentified flying object
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