tinker

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tinker

1. (esp formerly) a travelling mender of pots and pans
2. Scot and Irish another name for a Gypsy
3. any of several small mackerels that occur off the North American coast of the Atlantic
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Just a little tinkering and asking one question: "What if we...?" Every company needs tinkerers -- the more the merrier.
Altman returned home, met with fellow tinkerers, rented a space for Noisebridge the next year.
The slots and fitting sometimes defeat the home tinkerer. After all, if the sight is too large to fit the existing dovetail they always figure a bigger hammer will do the business!
The tinkerers; the amateurs, DIYers, and inventors who make America great.
Full-time heating engineer and self-described "tinkerer" Bill Moxon came up with his newfangled, grip-friendly pen in the late 1990s.
A Lansing-bred tinkerer, Ransom Olds' life experience and world view resembled his more famous contemporary, Henry Ford.
MANY years back, when I turned up at my first meeting of a bike club I had just joined, I was asked "are you a rider, a camper or a tinkerer?"
He tells us that Bushnell the Yankee "was a bold innovator, reconceptualizing in his writing and orations almost everything that crossed his path, and a great tinkerer, always interested in improving that which he found before him" (4).
It's a combination character study, idiosyncratic autobiography, frontier adventure tale, sci-fi movie, and interdisciplinary documentary, in which Zittel presents herself as artist, citizen, tinkerer, visionary, control freak, renegade, and glam queen.
Ratzenberger still regards himself as a garage tinkerer and holds five patents for a packaging process that he invented.
Thomas Adams, a photographer and tinkerer, found that chicle made lousy tires but great chewing gum, much superior to the then-dominant spruce bark and paraffin wax.
Sugata Mitra, a physicist from Indian think-tank NIIT, embodies the best features of a scientist, educator, tinkerer and dreamer.