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This page lists abbreviations and terms commonly used in EVE Online, aimed at new players and those unfamiliar with the terminology. Some entries are relatively specialized to EVE University, and because of this the definition of some terms may differ when used in other corporations. If any of the terminology is unclear be sure to ask in-game or on the forums for more clarification.


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o/

  • "Wave"

\o

  • "Wave back"

o7

  • "Salute"

7o

  • "Salute" (as performed by the Brave Newbies)

\o/

  • "Hurrah!"

*\o/*

  • "Cheerleader"

0.0

A

AAR

AB

AC

ACR

Active Module

  • A module that must be manually activated by the player (see Module)

AF

AFK

  • "Away from keyboard"

Aggro

Align

  • To move in the direction of an object in space at 75% or more of max speed and within 5 degrees

Alliance

Alt

AMC

Anomaly

Anoms

Arby

Arty

ASB

  • Ancillary Shield Booster (see Tanking)

AU

  • Astronomical Unit, a unit of distance. 1 AU is the distance from the Sun to the Earth: 149,597,871 km.

AUR

Awox

  • To attack and destroy the ship of a pilot in the same player-run corporation without warning. (Derived from the name of the first widely known EVE pilot to do so)

AWU

B

Bait

  • To expose a seemingly easy target in order to lure an enemy into committing to an engagement (see Baiting Guide)

BB

BCS

  • Ballistic Control System (previously known as "Ballistic Control Unit"; see Missiles)

BC

Bearing

Biomass

Blob

  • A large fleet (or in some cases, any fleet larger than the speaker's). Generally used as a pejorative term, suggesting that members of that fleet are relying on numbers to win. May also be referred to as a "zerg". May also be used as a verb, for the act of winning a fight through numbers.

Blops

Bloodlines

  • A character's familial ancestry. There are three different bloodlines to choose from during character creation for each race.

Blue

BM

Bounce

  • To warp to a nearby celestial, player, or bookmark and back at a closer range to avoid having to slow-boat to a target or destination.

BPC

BPO

BR

  • Blockade Runner, a class of fast industrial ships designed to carry moderate quantities of carry cargo through dangerous space.

BS

Bubble

Buff

  • To increase the stats or effectiveness of something. Opposite of Nerf.

Buffer

  • A method of tanking relying on having a large amount of hit points
  • A pilot with a ship designed to provide buffs to their fleet

Bump

  • The act of colliding with another vessel in space, causing it to bounce away.

BYOC

  • Bring Your Own Can, a mining fleet operation where you only receive boosts to mining, and you get to choose what you do with the ore. (see AMC)

BYOM

C

Carebear

  • A contextually derogatory or affectionate term for players or pursuits which are not PvP-centric.

Camp

  • To hold location at a specific point waiting for targets, usually at a stargate or station.

Cap

Cap Stable

  • When a ship recharges capacitor faster than its modules consume it, allowing all modules to remain active indefinitely.

Capsule

  • An egg-shaped apparatus used by pilots to interface with a ship.

Capsuleer

  • Human who pilots ships through the use of a capsule and has been rendered effectively immortal through cloning technology. In-game term for player characters.

Capital

  • Capital ship
  • Money and infrastructure necessary for beginning and maintaining a business venture.

CCC

  • Capacitor Control Circuit (see Rigs)

CNR

Concorded

Concordokken

  • The destruction of a ship by CONCORD

Convo

  • "Conversation"

Corp

CovOps

CPR

CPU

CSAA

CSM

CSPA

  • CONCORD Spam Prevention Act. A 'CSPA charge' is a small amount of ISK which is levied on communications such as conversations and mail, which acts as a deterrent to spam.

CTA

  • "Call to arms". An announcement of an alliance-wide combat operation, often involving simultaneous calls for support from an alliance's friends, usually made in response to a reinforcement timer for a valuable structure.

Curse of BWF

  • A widely held belief that any corporation or alliance which holds the BWF-ZZ system in the Geminate region will shortly failscade.

Customs Office

Cyno

D

Damage dealer

  • A ship whose primary role in a fleet is to deal damage.

Damp

DC

DCU

  • Drone Control Unit, a now-defunct module that allowed carriers and supercarriers to control one additional drone. Removed in Citadel patch.

DD

Deadspace

  • A region of space typically accessed via acceleration gate which cannot be entered via normal warp. Commonly used for missions and complexes.

DecShield

Dessie/Dessi/Dessy

DGC

Dictor

Disco

  • A ship fitting which uses a large number of smartbombs, typically at least one of each damage type. Named for the graphical effects seen when they are fired.

Discovery Scanner

Domi

DPS

  • Damage per second

Dread

Dread bomb

  • The act of jumping a large number of insured dreadnoughts into a fight in order to escalate against enemy capital ships.

DScan

  • Directional Scanner: A device inherently built into all ships which can detect objects in space within a limited and modifiable direction and range. Can also be used as a verb to describe the act of using the directional scanner. See also: Directional Scanner Guide.

DST

DT

E

E-UNI

EANM

  • Energized Adaptive Nano Membrane (see Tanking)

ECM

ECCM

EFT

EHP

  • Effective Hit Points (see Tanking)

EP

ETA

  • Estimated time of arrival.

EVE

EW/EWAR

F

Failcascade

  • Failure Cascade. The collapse of a corporation or alliance in EVE, either though leadership problems or other issues.

Faildec

  • A wardec where the corporation or alliance that issued the wardec refuses to undock or fight for the full duration of the war.

Failfit

  • A ship that is fit in a less than optimal way.

FAX

FC

Flag

  • An engagement status caused by one or more illegal or semi-illegal activities. (see Timers)

Flashy

  • Being flagged as a legitimate target, or used as noun to describe a pilot that has been flagged, either by having a security status of -5.0 or below ("permaflashy"), from committing Suspect or Criminal actions, being a war target, or being flagged in a Limited Engagement. See also: Legality Timers.

Flip

Flytrap

  • An offensive setup POS which deliberately has no force field while it is online.

Freeport

  • A nullsec station owned by a player alliance where everybody is allowed to dock and use the services.
  • Freeport Mode, a feature of Citadels

Frogs

FW

G

Gank

  • Destroyed suddenly or quickly, usually by a much more powerful opponent

Gate

  • Stargate
  • Acceleration Gate

GCC

  • Global Criminal Countdown (see Timers)

GF

  • "Good fight". Usually said in local after a battle.

Gimp

  • To make a certain setup or attribute ineffective. Extreme version of Nerf.

Grid

  • A discrete section of space generated by the presence of objects in space. (see Grid manipulation)

Grid Fu

GSC

  • Giant Secure Container

Gyro

H

HAC

HAM

Hardpoint

  • A ship attribute that determines the number of missile launchers or turrets that can be fitted

Hard skills

Hic/Hictor

HOC

  • "Hold on contact"

HP

HS

HUD

  • Heads Up Display

Huffing

I

Indy

Injector

Insta-undock

  • A method of safely undocking from a station by immediately warping to a bookmark directly off of the undock point. (see Bookmarks)

Inty

IP

IPH

  • ISK per hour (also ISK/hr)

IRL

  • "In real life"

ISK

  • Inter Stellar Kredits, the in-game currency of EVE Online. (Also the currency code of the Icelandic kr√≥na.)

iStab

Ivy League

J

Jam

Jetcan

  • A temporary container created when jettisoning something from a cargo hold

JC

JJJ

  • "Jump, Jump, Jump"

JOC

  • "Jump on contact"

Jump

  • The act of moving between one star system and another

K

K Space

Kitchen Sink

  • A fleet with a random or very mixed composition.

Kite/Kiting

  • Actively maintaining movement and distance from an engaged enemy so as to mitigate their applied damage.

L

LAR

  • Large Armor Repairer (see Tanking)

LFAF

  • "Looking for armor fleet."

LFSF

  • "Looking for shield fleet."

LML

Lockdown

  • An order from the leadership of a corporation prohibiting its pilots from undocking in non-PvP ships.

Logi

Loot

  • The contents of a destroyed ship, which are left behind in a container when the ship is destroyed.

Locust

  • A group of pilots running missions in one large fleet (see Locust Fleet)

LP

LSB

  • Large Shield Booster (see Tanking)

LSC

LSE

  • Large Shield Extender (see Tanking)

M

MAPC

Macro mining

  • The illegal use of 3rd party scripts to automate the mining process

MAR

  • Medium Armor Repairer (see Tanking)

MD

MSE

  • Medium Shield Extender (see Tanking)

Merc/Mercenary

  • A player or corporation that takes contracts to kill, wardec and perform other hostile actions for ISK.

Meta

Metagaming

  • Taking actions beyond the confines of the game universe to gain an advantage.

MFS

Mins

MJD

ML

MLU

  • Mining Laser Upgrade (see Mining)

Mods

MTU

Multiboxing

  • Playing with two (or more) characters simultaneously

MW

  • Megawatt, a unit of measurement used to describe a ship's powergrid output (see Fitting Guidelines)

MWD

N

Nano

NBSI

Nerf

  • To reduce the stats or effectiveness of something. Opposite of Buff. See also: Gimp.

NE

  • "No eyes"

Neut

Newbro

  • A term of endearment for a new or inexperienced player.

Noob

  • Somewhat derogatory term used to refer to new, younger, or inexperienced players. See also: Newbro

NOP

  • Noobs on Patrol

NOS

NPC

  • Non-player character

NPSI

NRDS

NSC

O

OGC

Omni Tank

  • A tank effective against all 4 damage types (see Tanking)

OMW

  • "On wy way"

OOC

  • Out of Corporation
  • Out of character

Op/Ops

  • Operation(s)

OP

  • Overpowered

OpSec

ORE

Outlaw

P

Painter

Passive Module

  • A ship module which does not need to be manually activated. (see Modules)

PDS

Pew Pew

  • Common term for casual PvE or PvP, based on the noises made by the weapons.

PG

PI

Picket

  • A ship placed outside of tactical locations such as gates and stations to watch for enemy activity.

Piracy

  • The act of engaging in PvP for profit, usually against non-combat ships (see also Scams in EVE Online)

PL

  • Productivity Level (see Blueprints)
  • Pandemic Legion, a well-known nullsec alliance

Plex

PLEX Tanking

  • Transporting PLEX through space, usually with a ship not usually used for hauling

POCO

Pod

  • The egg-shaped escape pod or capsule which players pilot. This interfaces with a ship and is ejected on ship destruction. To be 'podded' is to have your escape pod destroyed. See also: Capsule.

Podding

  • The act of destroying a player's pod.

Pod Express

  • A quick method of travelling, performed by installing a medical clone at a distant station, and then self-destructing the character's pod.

Pod Killing

Point

Pop

  • The act of destroying a ship

POS

Prop Mod

Pubbie

  • A derogatory term used for the purpose of invalidating or excluding players who are not a part of a certain group. Supposedly originating in the Something Awful forums, this term was popularized by members of The Goonswarm Federation. See also: Carebear.

PvE

  • Player versus Environment

PvP

  • Player versus Player

PYOS

Q

QQ

  • Cry / Crying

QRF

R

Rat

Ratting

  • The act of hunting hostile NPCs pirates

RCU

Red Box

  • The state of being both targeted and subjected to hostile action by a player or NPC

Reffed

Refine

Reinforce

  • A temporary invulnerable state entered by many structures after taking a certain amount of damage

Rep

RFF

RL

RLML

  • Rapid Light Missile Launcher (see Missiles)

RoE

RoF

Roles

  • Specific access and corporation management rights authorized to individual pilots (usually as part of a title or management position).

Rolling Safespot

  • A fleet maneuver consisting of one ship leading the rest of the fleet from location to location in space.

Room

  • An area of deadspace which can only be accessed via an acceleration gate.

RR

RSB

RSD

RvB

S

Safety

  • Ship setting that helps prevent accidental acts of aggression that would cause the pilot to otherwise gain the Criminal or Suspect flags. (see Timers)

SAR

  • Small Armor Repairer (see Tanking)

SB

SC

Scan down

  • To find something using scan probes. (see Scanning)

Scram

SeBo

Sec

Sensor Overlay

  • The automatically scanned overlay that activates upon entering a new solar system or undocking. The Sensor Overlay shows the location of landmarks, bookmarks, and Cosmic Signatures / Anomalies in space. See also: Odyssey.

Sisi

Six

SKIN

  • Super Kerr-Induced Nanocoatings, items which apply cosmetic changes (e.g. different colours) to ships.

Slow-boat

  • (also "slowboat") Moving in space at sub-warp velocities

Smack talk

Smartie

Soft skills

  • Skills learned by players through experience or study, as opposed to hard skills.

SOP

  • Standard Operating Procedures

SP

Spiraling

  • The act of manually approaching a target via a continuously diagonal vector. See Manual Piloting.

SPR

Squids

SRP

SS

SSE

  • Small Shield Extender (see Tanking)

Stab

Stargate

  • Large structure in space which most ships must use to jump to another star system in Known Space.

Stront

Suicide Gank

  • Piracy where an attacking pilot will attempt to kill a target before the CONCORD response eliminates them

Supercap

T

Tack

  • A hyphen (-) (used for clarity when speaking)

TC

TD

TE

TF

  • Teraflops, a unit used to measure a ship's CPU

Tick

TiDi

Tiericide

  • An ongoing rebalancing of ships in EVE according to roles rather than performance

TLF

TP

TQ

TS

  • TeamSpeak, a third-party VOIP software utility

T1

T2

T3

U

Unista

UT

  • (also UTC) Universal Time

V

VNI

W

Wardec

Warp

  • The act of moving at faster-than-light speeds within a star system.

Warp bubble

  • A spherical area of space the prevents ships within it from warping, and forcibly pulls in inbound warping ships.

WC

WCS

Web

WH

WHC

WL

W Space

WSOP

  • Wartime Standard Operating Procedures

WT

X

X up

  • X'ing up is the act of indicating your availability for a fleet by placing the letter "x" in the chat window. (See Joining a Fleet.)

Y

Yellow Box

  • Being targeted by someone, or to target someone, without also being the subject of hostile action.

Yulai Convention

  • The Yulai Convention is an RP term for a number of game mechanics and systems within EVE.

Z

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