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waldo

/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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Waldo decides to create his final piAaAaAeAa[umlaut]ce de rAaAaAeAa[c]sistance: video audio proof of his wife's infidelity.
Mewn llythyr, meddai Waldo am y lle hwn, "Yma y sylweddolais yn sydyn ac yn fyw iawn, .
Cwynodd cyfaill wrth Waldo ei fod yn cael trafferth i ddilyn rhediad meddwl y bardd yn rhai o'r cerddi mawr.
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Gwnaeth ei ddarlith ar Waldo Williams a'r gyfrol Dail Pren argraff arnaf, ac ers hynny ymddiddoraf ym mywyd a gwaith y bardd.
Waldo Braughler Read a Bible passage, a parable Or a history that
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Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer and philosopher (1803-1882)
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