Definitions for waldoˈwɔl doʊ, ˈwɒl-
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
Wal•doˈwɔl doʊ, ˈwɒl-(n.)
Pierre or Peter, died c1217, French religious reformer, declared a heretic.
A remote manipulation system in which a slave device mimics the motions of a master device manipulated directly by the operator.
, in modern American use transferred back from the surname.
derived from the given name.
Origin: From the Robert A. Heinlein story Waldo, published in Astounding in 1940, derived from the name of the eponymous protagonist, Waldo F. Jones, who invented remote manipulators to overcome his own myasthenia gravis.
The New Hacker's Dictionary
[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.