Origin of WaldoOld High German ; from waldan, to rule
(plural waldos or waldoes)
- A remote manipulation system in which a slave device mimics the motions of a master device manipulated directly by the operator.
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.
- A male given name, in modern American use transferred back from the surname.
- A surname derived from the given name.
From the obsolete English given name Waltheof, from Old English weald (“power") + Ã¾Ä“of (“thief").