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Unknown; seems to have been coined by American soldiers in World War Two.
blivet (plural blivets)
- Anything overfull.
- An item of unknown purpose, often unnecessary or useless or annoying.
- (computing, slang) A program that has messy source code.
- (electronics) An electronic signal that is normally high or on, but goes low for a very short period and then returns to high. A low going spike.
- (geology) A hammer used by geologists to chop rock samples from boulders for examination.
- (welding) A hammer used by electric welders to knock slag off of the welded joint, sometimes having a spring handle to lessen shock to the hands.
- (air conditioning) A container/tank for refrigerant gas.
- (military) A portable, collapsible container for liquid fuel.
- An impossible trident .
- (Lineman, slang) Used in construction utility linework to create an open point in distribution lines.
- ^ 1967, H. Wentworth & S. B. Flexner, Dictionary of American Slang Supplement 673/2: Blivit, n., anything unnecessary, confused, or annoying. Lit. defined as ‘10 pounds of shit in a 5-pound bag’. Orig. W.W. II Army use. The word is seldom heard except when the speaker uses it in order to define it; hence the word is actually a joke.
- ^ The Hacker's Dictionary, article "Blivet"; It lists the impossible fork among numerous meanings of the term