MEANING: noun: A device for manipulating objects by remote control, for example, a remotely-operated arm.

ETYMOLOGY: After Waldo F. Jones, an inventor in a science-fiction story by Robert A. Heinlein. Earliest documented use: 1942.

NOTES: Modern applications of waldo as a remote manipulator are in surgery, space, and in working in hazardous conditions, such as those involving radiation.

(That's two-for-two for Heinlein...)


WARDO - unconscionable profits made by the munitions industry during a conflict