tricorder

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

The name of such a device in Star Trek, from tri- (referring to its three device input keys, which by default cover geological, meteorological, and biological functions) + (re)corder[1]

Noun[edit]

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tricorder ‎(plural tricorders)

  1. A fictional futuristic handheld device used for scanning, which may be specialized for medical, technical, or other purposes.
    • 1999-2003, Matt Groening, Futurama, opening title screen, FOX Television Network
      PLEASE TURN OFF ALL CELL PHONES AND TRICORDERS

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sternbach, Rick and Michael Okuda. Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual. Star Trek, 1991, p. 121[1]