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2 definitions found
 for frobnicate
From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  frobnicate
   /frob'ni?kayt/, vt.
  
      [Poss. derived from frobnitz, and usually abbreviated to frob, but
      frobnicate is recognized as the official full form.:] To manipulate or
      adjust, to tweak. One frequently frobs bits or other 2-state devices. Thus:
      ?Please frob the light switch? (that is, flip it), but also ?Stop frobbing
      that clasp; you'll break it?. One also sees the construction 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. The variant
      frobnosticate has been recently reported.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  frobnicate
  
     /frob'ni-kayt/ (Possibly from frobnitz, and usually
     abbreviated to frob, but "frobnicate" is recognised as the
     official full form).  To manipulate or adjust, to tweak.
     One frequently frobs bits or other 2-state devices.  Thus:
     "Please frob the light switch" (that is, flip it), but also
     "Stop frobbing that clasp; you'll break it".  One also sees
     the construction "to frob a frob".
  
     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.  The variant "frobnosticate" has
     also been reported.
  
     (1994-12-16)
  

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