- adj.1.Non-working due to hardware failure; burnt out.
people, exhausted. Said particularly of those who continue to work
in such a state. Often used as an explanation or excuse. "Yeah, I
know that fix destroyed the file system, but I was fried when I put
- 1.n. (MIT) The official Tech Model Railroad Club definition is
"FROB = protruding arm or trunnion", and by metaphoric extension
any somewhat small thing. See FROBNITZ.
2. v. Abbreviated form of
- v. To manipulate or adjust, to tweak. Derived from
FROBNITZ (q.v.). Usually abbreviated to FROB. Thus one has the
saying "to frob a frob". See TWEAK and TWIDDLE. Usage: FROB,
TWIDDLE, and TWEAK sometimes connote points along a continuum.
FROB connotes aimless manipulation; TWIDDLE connotes gross
manipulation, often a coarse search for a proper setting; TWEAK
connotes fine-tuning.If someone is turning a knob on an
oscilloscope, then if he's carefully adjusting it he is probably
tweaking it; if he is just turning it but looking at the screen he
is probably twiddling it; but if he's just doing it because turning
a knob is fun, he's frobbing it.
- pl. FROBNITZEM (frob'nitsm) n. An unspecified physical
object, a widget. Also refers to electronic black boxes. This
rare form is usually abbreviated to FROTZ, or more commonly to
FROB. Also used are FROBNULE, FROBULE, and FROBNODULE. Starting
perhaps in 1979, FROBBOZ (fruh-bahz'), pl. FROBBOTZIM, has also
become very popular, largely due to its exposure via the Adventure
spin-off called Zork (Dungeon). These can also be applied to
non-physical objects, such as data structures.
- (variant: PHROG)1. interj. Term of disgust (we seem to have a
lot of them).
2. Used as a name for just about anything. See FOO.
3. n. Of things, a crock. Of people, somewhere inbetween a turkey
and a toad.
4.Jake Brown (FRG@SAIL).
5.FROGGY: adj. Similar to
BAGBITING (q.v.), but milder. "This froggy program is taking
forever to run!"
- 1. n. See FROBNITZ.
2. MUMBLE FROTZ:An interjection of very
- v. 1. To fail. Said especially of smoke-producing hardware
2. More generally, to become non-working. Usage: never
said of software, only of hardware and humans. See FRIED.