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/wol'doh/ [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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According to Davidson's interview with Valdo Freeman, even he did not know the exact number of operas that his father wrote and lists several reasons for this confusion.
Ethnikos took the lead through a Valdo penalty in the 17th minute and Roin doubled the score early in the second half.
Valdo Oro Puro Prosecco Superiore (75cl), Waitrose, was PS13.49, now PS8.99.
At the shareholders meeting, the supervisory board elected David Brandstaetter as its new chairman, while at the same time confirming Laurent Fischer and Valdo Lehari Jr as deputy chairmen.
Arouna Kone, Xavi Torres and Valdo Lopes grabbed the goals.
MEAGRE BUDGET In the earlier kickoff, Levante climbed above Malaga into fourth and a Champions League qualification slot after Valdo and Arouna Kone struck early in a 2-0 victory at home to Atletico.
Sociedad took the lead after Daniel Estrada's early opener before Levante's Nano Rivas and Valdo Lopes each scored goals in a five-minute span to turn the game in the hosts' favor.
In the workshop sessions at the Corniche, Muntu Valdo shared the secrets to his wonderful sawa blues.
Tuomet galima klausti: kas valdo, lemia ta sinchronini tapsma, kuryba?
10, 1915, in Oelrichs, S.D., to Valdo and Emma Reece.