p. waldo

Waldo

[wawl-doh, wol-]
noun
Pierre or Peter, died c1217, French merchant and religious reformer, declared a heretic: founder of the Waldenses.
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waldo (ˈwɔːldəʊ)
 
n , pl -dos, -does
a gadget for manipulating objects by remote control
 
[C20: named after Waldo F. Jones, inventor in a science-fiction story by Robert Heinlein]

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waldo

/wol'doh/ n. [From Robert A. Heinlein's story "Waldo"]
1. A mechanical agent, such as a gripper arm, controlled by a human limb. When these were developed for the nuclear industry in the mid-1940s they were named after the invention described by Heinlein in the story, which he wrote in 1942. Now known by the more generic term `telefactoring', this technology is of intense interest to NASA for tasks like space station maintenance.
2. At Harvard (particularly by Tom Cheatham and students), this is used instead of foobar as a metasyntactic variable and general nonsense word. See foo, bar, foobar, quux.
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