Full record for waldo n.

Definition A device for handling or manipulating objects by remote control.
OED requirements antedating 1942
Earliest cite Robert A. Heinlein, 'Waldo'
Comment This entry added for the sake of completeness, as there is already an entry for it in the OED. The term was coined by Heinlein in his story about the inventor of such a device, which was named after the inventor: we do not expect to see any antedatings.
Last modified 6 July, 2008

Citations for waldo n.

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1982 W. Gibson Burning Chrome in T. Shippey Oxf. Bk. Sci. Fiction (1992) 500, I was working late in the loft one night, shaving down a chip, my arm off and the little waldo jacked straight into the stump.
1985 J. Shirley Freezone in B. Sterling Mirrorshades (1986) 166 One of them hit the guy too hard with the waldo-enhanced arm of his riot suit.
1986 W. Gibson Burning Chrome 201, I was working late in the loft one night, shaving down a chip, my arm off and the little waldo jacked straight into the stump.
1988 C. J. Cherryh Cyteen 130 She‥used the waldo to send the offending sample back through cryogenics.
1991 Locus May 66/3, I thought, my waldo has come. I got my Hugo, and now I've go my waldo. It's like a great honor.
1992 A. Steele Labyrinth of Night 194 The semi-robotic machine stood ten feet high and moved on two backward-jointed waldo legs.
1992 Locus June 23/3 Scavenger Ruby Kubick and her faithful waldo, Golem, don't quite manage to save the life of a stranded zillionaire philanthropist VIP.
1993 K. S. Robinson Red Mars (1993) 373 ‘We're like dwarves in a waldo’, Frank said to him angrily. ‘One of those really big waldo excavators. We're inside it and supposed to be moving a mountain, and instead of using the waldo capabilities we're leaning out of a window and digging with teaspoons.
1993 K. S. Robinson Red Mars (1993) 373 ‘We're like dwarves in a waldo’, Frank said to him angrily. ‘One of those really big waldo excavators. We're inside it and supposed to be moving a mountain, and instead of using the waldo capabilities we're leaning out of a window and digging with teaspoons.
1993 K. S. Robinson Red Mars (1993) 283 Teleoperation on a massive scale. A kind of spiritual waldo.