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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
Nullsec (see System security)

A

AAR
After Action Report
AB
Afterburner (see Propulsion equipment)
AC
Autocannon (see Turrets)
ACR
Ancillary Current Router (see Fitting Guidelines)
Active Module
A module that must be manually activated by the player (see Module)
AF
Assault Frigate
AFK
"Away from keyboard"
Aggro
Aggression
Align
To move in the direction of an object in space at 75% or more of max speed and within 5 degrees
Alliance
A group of Corporations
Alt
Alternate character
AMC
Amarr Mining Campus
Anomaly
Cosmic Anomaly
Anoms
Cosmic Anomalies
Arby
Arbitrator
Arty
Artillery (see Turrets)
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
Aurum
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
Advanced Weapon Upgrades

B

Bait
To expose a seemingly easy target in order to lure an enemy into committing to an engagement (see Baiting Guide)
BB
Blackbird
BCS
Ballistic Control System (previously known as "Ballistic Control Unit"; see Missiles)
BC
Battlecruiser
Bearing
See Carebear
Biomass
To permanently delete a character (see Biomassing a Pilot)
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
Black Ops
Bloodlines
A character's familial ancestry. There are three different bloodlines to choose from during character creation for each race.
Blue
A pilot, corporation, or alliance with positive standings. (see Rules of Engagement)
BM
Bookmark
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
Blueprint Copy (see Blueprints)
BPO
Blueprint Original (see Blueprints)
BR
Blockade Runner, a class of fast industrial ships designed to carry moderate quantities of carry cargo through dangerous space.
BS
A common abbreviation for battleships.
Bubble
Warp bubble
Buff
To increase the stats or effectiveness of something. Opposite of Nerf.
Buffer
1. A method of tanking relying on having a large amount of hit points
2. 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
Bring Your Own Minerals

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
Capacitor
Capital ship
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
1. Capital ship
2. Money and infrastructure necessary for beginning and maintaining a business venture.
CCC
Capacitor Control Circuit (see Rigs)
CNR
Raven Navy Issue (derived from "Caldari Navy Raven")
Concorded
Destroyed by CONCORD
Concordokken
The destruction of a ship by CONCORD
Convo
"Conversation"
Corp
Corporation
CovOps
Covert Ops
CPR
Capacitor Power Relay (see Capacitor recharge rate)
CPU
Central Processing Unit (see Fitting Guidelines)
CSAA
Capital Ship Assembly Array (see Player-owned starbases)
CSM
Council of Stellar Management
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
An orbital structure used to import and export goods to and from planets. (see Planetary Interaction)
Cyno
Cynosural field (see Jump drives)

D

Damage dealer
A ship whose primary role in a fleet is to deal damage.
Damp
Sensor dampening
DC
1. Damage Control (previously known as "Damage Control Unit"; see Tanking)
2. Disconnect
DCU
Drone Control Unit, a now-defunct module that allowed carriers and supercarriers to control one additional drone. Removed in Citadel patch.
DD
1. Damage dealer
2. Daredevil
Deadspace
A region of space typically accessed via acceleration gate which cannot be entered via normal warp. Commonly used for missions and complexes.
DecShield
War Declaration Shield
Dessie/Dessi/Dessy
Destroyer
DGC
Defensive gate camp (See Gate camps)
Dictor
Interdictor
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
See Sensor Overlay
Domi
Dominix
DPS
Damage per second
Dread
Dreadnought
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
Deep Space Transport (see Deep Space Transports)
DT
Server downtime

E

E-UNI
EVE University (corporate ticker)
EANM
Energized Adaptive Nano Membrane (see Tanking)
ECM
Electronic Countermeasures
ECCM
Electronic Counter-Countermeasures (see Electronic warfare)
EFT
EVE Fitting Tool
EHP
Effective Hit Points (see Tanking)
EP
Escape point (see UniBombers)
ETA
Estimated time of arrival.
EVE
EVE Online
EW/EWAR
Electronic warfare

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
Force Auxiliary
FC
Fleet Commander (see Fleet Command Guide)
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
Can Flipping
Flytrap
An offensive setup POS which deliberately has no force field while it is online.
Freeport
1. A nullsec station owned by a player alliance where everybody is allowed to dock and use the services.
2. Freeport Mode, a feature of Citadels
Frogs
Slightly derogatory term for Gallente Factional Warfare pilots. See also: Squids.
FW
Factional Warfare

G

Gank
Destroyed suddenly or quickly, usually by a much more powerful opponent
Gate
1. Stargate
2. 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
See Grid Manipulation.
GSC
Giant Secure Container
Gyro
Gyrostabilizer (see Turret damage)

H

HAC
Heavy Assault Cruiser
HAM
Heavy Assault Missiles (see Missiles)
Hardpoint
A ship attribute that determines the number of missile launchers or turrets that can be fitted
Hard skills
Skills trained by characters (as opposed to soft skills).
Hic/Hictor
Heavy Interdiction Cruiser
HOC
"Hold on contact"
HP
Hit points (see Tanking)
HS
Heat Sink (see Turret damage)
HUD
Heads Up Display
Huffing
Gas huffing (see Gas cloud harvesting)

I

Indy
Industrial
Injector
Skill 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
Interceptor
IP
Impact point (see UniBombers)
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 króna.)
iStab
Inertial Stabilizers (see Propulsion equipment)
Ivy League
Ivy League Alliance, the alliance of EVE University

J

Jam
The act of using ECM modules to jam the targeting systems of a ship. (see Electronic Countermeasures)
Jetcan
A temporary container created when jettisoning something from a cargo hold
JC
Jump clone
JJJ
"Jump, Jump, Jump"
JOC
"Jump on contact"
Jump
The act of moving between one star system and another

K

K Space
Known 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
Light Missile Launcher (see Missiles)
Lockdown
An order from the leadership of a corporation prohibiting its pilots from undocking in non-PvP ships.
Logi
Logistics ships (see Guide to Logistics)
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
Loyalty Points
LSB
Large Shield Booster (see Tanking)
LSC
Low Sec Campus
LSE
Large Shield Extender (see Tanking)

M

MAPC
Micro Auxiliary Power Core (see Fitting Guidelines)
Macro mining
The illegal use of 3rd party scripts to automate the mining process
MAR
Medium Armor Repairer (see Tanking)
MD
Mobile Depot
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
1. Meta level (see Techs, Tiers and Meta levels)
2. To replace a module with a another module of the same type but with a different meta level (see Techs, Tiers and Meta levels)
3. Common or popular ships, fittings, and doctrines
4. Examination of a game from an outside perspective
Metagaming
Taking actions beyond the confines of the game universe to gain an advantage.
MFS
Magnetic Field Stabilizer (see Turret damage)
Mins
Minerals (see Mining)
MJD
Micro Jump Drive
ML
Material Level (see Blueprints)
MLU
Mining Laser Upgrade (see Mining)
Mods
Modules
MTU
Mobile Tractor Unit
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
Microwarpdrive (see Propulsion equipment)

N

Nano
Nanofiber Internal Structure (see Propulsion equipment)
NBSI
"Not blue, shoot it" (see Rules of Engagement)
Nerf
To reduce the stats or effectiveness of something. Opposite of Buff. See also: Gimp.
NE
"No eyes"
Neut
Energy Neutralizer (see Capacitor warfare)
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
Nosferatu (see Capacitor warfare)
NPC
Non-player character
NPSI
"Not purple, shoot it" (see Rules of Engagement)
NRDS
"Not red, don't shoot" (see Rules of Engagement)
NSC
Null Sec Campus

O

OGC
"Offensive gate camp" (see Gate camps)
Omni Tank
A tank effective against all 4 damage types (see Tanking)
OMW
"On wy way"
OOC
1. Out of Corporation
2. Out of character
Op/Ops
Operation(s)
OP
Overpowered
OpSec
Operational Security (see Operational Security Policy)
ORE
Outer Ring Excavations
Outlaw
A pilot with a security status of -5 or less.

P

Painter
Target Painter (see Electronic warfare)
Passive Module
A ship module which does not need to be manually activated. (see Modules)
PDS
Power Diagnostic System (see Fitting Guidelines)
Pew Pew
Common term for casual PvE or PvP, based on the noises made by the weapons.
PG
Power Grid (see Fitting Guidelines)
PI
Planetary Interaction
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
1. Productivity Level (see Blueprints)
2. Pandemic Legion, a well-known nullsec alliance
Plex
1. Complex (see Cosmic Anomalies, Cosmic Signatures)
2. Pilot's License Extension (PLEX)
PLEX Tanking
Transporting PLEX through space, usually with a ship not usually used for hauling
POCO
Player-owned Customs Office
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
See Podding
Point
1. A Warp Disruptor or Warp Scrambler (see Warp disruption)
2. The act of using targeted warp disruption on a ship (see Tackling)
Pop
The act of destroying a ship
POS
Player-owned starbase
Prop Mod
Propulsion module (see Propulsion equipment)
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
Purchase Your Own Ship (See PYOS Ship Production)

Q

QQ
Cry / Crying
QRF
Quick Response Fleet / Quick Reaction Force. (see Quick Reaction Force)

R

Rat
Hostile NPC
Ratting
The act of hunting hostile NPCs pirates
RCU
Reactor Control Unit (see Fitting Guidelines)
Red Box
The state of being both targeted and subjected to hostile action by a player or NPC
Reffed
Reinforced
Refine
Reprocess (see Mining)
Reinforce
A temporary invulnerable state entered by many structures after taking a certain amount of damage
Rep
Repair (see Tanking, Guide to Logistics)
RFF
Red Frog Freight, a player-run hauling service.
RL
1. Rapid Launch
2. Real life
RLML
Rapid Light Missile Launcher (see Missiles)
RoE
Rules of Engagement
RoF
"Rate of fire" (see Turrets, Missiles)
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
Remote repair (see Guide to Logistics)
RSB
Remote Sensor Booster (see Electronic warfare)
RSD
Remote Sensor Dampener (see Electronic warfare)
RvB
Red vs Blue

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
1. Stealth Bomber
2. Smartbomb
3. Sensor Booster
SC
1. Squad Commander (see Fleet Command Guide)
1. Shared Can (see Mining fleets)
Scan down
To find something using scan probes. (see Scanning)
Scram
Warp scrambler (see Warp disruption)
SeBo
Sensor Booster
Sec
1. Security status
2. System security
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
Singularity
Six
In any lists, barring the super-serious stuff, "There is no six!" appears between items five and seven. This is a tradition which goes back many years, and was started by Silentbrick. (Watch the Monty Python 'Australian University of Woolloomooloo' Sketch and skip to 2:18 for the origin.)
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
Talking trash, taunting, or annoying people in local chat. This behavior is not allowed for University members.
Smartie
Smartbomb
Soft skills
Skills learned by players through experience or study, as opposed to hard skills.
SOP
Standard Operating Procedures
SP
Skill Points (see Skills and Learning)
Spiraling
The act of manually approaching a target via a continuously diagonal vector. See Manual Piloting.
SPR
Shield Power Relay (see Tanking)
Squids
Slightly derogatory name for Caldari Factional Warfare pilots. See also: Frogs.
SRP
Ship Replacement Program
SS
1. Spreadsheet
2. Safe spot
SSE
Small Shield Extender (see Tanking)
Stab
Warp Core Stabilizer (see Fitting Guidelines)
Stargate
Large structure in space which most ships must use to jump to another star system in Known Space.
Stront
Strontium Clathrates
Suicide Gank
Piracy where an attacking pilot will attempt to kill a target before the CONCORD response eliminates them
Supercap
Supercapital ship, either a supercarrier or titan.

T

Tack
A hyphen ('-') (used for clarity when speaking)
TC
Tracking Computer (see Turrets)
TD
Tracking Disruptor (see Electronic warfare)
TE
Tracking Enhancer (see Turrets)
TF
Teraflops, a unit used to measure a ship's CPU
Tick
1. Server tick
2. Bounty payouts per 20 minutes
TiDi
Time Dilation
Tiericide
An ongoing rebalancing of ships in EVE according to roles rather than performance
TLF
Tribal Liberation Force, the Minmatar Factional Warfare NPC corporation.
TP
Target Painter (see Electronic warfare)
TQ
Tranquility
TS
TeamSpeak, a third-party VOIP software utility
T1
Tech 1 (stylized 'Tech I'; see Techs, Tiers and Meta levels)
T2
Tech 2 (stylized 'Tech II'; see Techs, Tiers and Meta levels)
T3
Tech 3 (stylized 'Tech III'; see Strategic Cruisers, Tactical Destroyers)

U

Unista
A member of EVE University
UT
(also 'UTC') Universal Time

V

VNI
Vexor Navy Issue

W

Wardec
War Declaration
Warp bubble
A spherical area of space the prevents ships within it from warping, and forcibly pulls in inbound warping ships.
WC
Wing Commander (see Fleet Command Guide)
WCS
Warp Core Stabilizer (see Fitting Guidelines)
Web
Stasis Webifier (see Tackling Guide)
WH
Wormhole
WHC
Worm Hole Campus
WL
Wait List (see Incursions)
W Space
Wormhole Space
WSOP
Wartime Standard Operating Procedures
WT
War Target (see War Declaration)

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.

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