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This glossary is used to define any abbreviations, nomenclature and terminologies used on Robot Wars and in the wider robot combat community. For pages based on terminologies, see Category:Terminology.

  • Activate - The word used to start battles.
  • Annihilator - A side competition in which six robots fought and were gradually eliminated one-by-one.
  • Arena - An enclosed area complete with hazards, used to stage a wide variety of main and side competitions.
  • Armament - A malapropism used by commentator Jonathan Pearce to describe the armour of a robot, despite armament meaning "weapon".
  • CAD - Acyronym for Computer-aided Design, the use of computer software in designing robots.
  • Cease - The word used to end or pause battles.
  • Classic series - Series 1-7, Extreme 1-2, All international episodes. A term used to refer to the first runs of Robot Wars. Also referred to as the original run or original series.
  • Clusterbot - A robot which consists of two or more machines entered together as one.
  • CO2 - Chemical formula for carbon dioxide, a gas commonly used in pneumatic systems.
  • CPZ - Acronym standing for "Corner Patrol Zone", an Arena hazard from Series 1 and Series 3 onwards, which is patrolled by the House Robots.
  • Death hum - Term used in the reboot to describe the sounds made by a heavy rotating weapon as it spins up to full speed, ranging from high-pitched whirring to low-pitched 'humming'. Often associated with the sounds made by Carbide's bar spinner.
  • Failsafe - An important safety feature which is used to cut off power to a robot's circuity in the event of malfunctions or if the radio signal from its transmitter is lost. Often confused with links which perform a similar function.
  • Flipper - A weapon type (usually front or rear-hinged) which is primarily designed to forcefully throw opponents across the arena or into an inverted position.
  • Ganging up - A phrase commonly spoken by Jonathan Pearce to describe two or more robots attacking an opponent or House Robot simultaneously.
  • Ground clearance - A term used to describe the proximity of a robot's lowest area (usually the chassis, baseplate or front wedge) to the floor. The robot with the lower ground clearance will be able to drive under the opposing robot.
  • Grudge Match - Term used to refer to battles intending to settle a grudge between two or more competitors.
  • Gyro-dance - Term used to describe a robot lifting itself onto one side through the gyroscopic forces of a vertical rotating weapon. Said motion gives the impression of the robot 'dancing' across the arena floor, hence the name. Common among robots armed with vertical flywheels or drums.
  • Hardox - Officially written as HARDOX, a form of wear-resistant steel used for armour, chassis and weapons. A similar but separate metal known as ARMOX is also used by modern competitors.
  • Head to Head - Used both to describe a one-on-one battle between two competitors and as the official name for the round robin-type stage seen in Series 8-9.
  • Heat - The name typically given to whole episodes serving as qualifiers for the Semi-Final and/or Grand Final stages of a domestic championship. Also applied occasionally to individual melee battles forming the first round of a smaller competition (e.g. The Second World Championship).
  • House Robot - A robot built specifically to patrol a CPZ/PPZ and act as a hazard to competitors, or to facilitate fair play in the arena. Drivers of these machines are therefore referred to as House Roboteers.
  • HDPE - short for high-density polyethylene, a form of plastic used in modern competitors.
  • Immobilised - The state in which a robot is no longer able to move freely under its own power, whether through damage, malfunctions or being put into a position where it cannot do so (e.g. getting stranded or being left unable to self-right).
  • Invertible - Term used to describe a robot which can run both ways up - for more information, see Invertible Robots.
  • Judges' decision - Situation where under certain circumstances (e.g. two or more robots lasting the full duration) the Judges determine the winner by scoring the surviving robots on Control, Aggression, Damage and (formerly) Style.
  • kg - Kilogramme, Kilogram or Kilo. Metric measurement equivalent to 1,000 grams, used throughout all UK, Dutch and German series to list the weights of competitor and House Robots along with individual components.
  • KO - Acronym standing for Knockout, used to refer to an opponent becoming immobilised, pitted or thrown out of the arena.
  • Link - A common component in every robot which is used to safely deactivate them when they are not in the Arena. Also known as removable links, safety links, keys or killswitches and often confused with failsafes.
  • LiPo - Abbreviation of lithium polymer, a type of battery commonly used in the rebooted series.
  • lb - Symbol for pound, commonly spelt on statistics boards as lbs. Imperial measurement used in US versions (e.g. Extreme Warriors, Nickelodeon Robot Wars) to list the weights of competitor and House Robots.
  • Melee - A type of battle involving more than two competitors fighting at once without intervals. Alternative names given to these have included Eliminator (Series 4), Heat (US Season 1, The Second World Championship), Mayhem (Extreme 1/Nickelodeon), Group Battle (Series 8-10) and Rumble (Reserve Rumble, Series 2 and 10 Robot Rumble, Series 10).
  • Meltybrain - Name given to a type of controller which enables a robot to move while spinning in a similar way to a sit-and-spin design (see also Translational drift). Famously used by Nuts 2 during its Series 10 run.
  • Minibot - Refers to both the miniature pullback toys released during the original run, as well as a dimunitive subtype of clusterbot accompanying full-sized heavyweight entries.
  • OotA - Acronym standing for "Out of the Arena", where a robot is Thrown Out of the Arena by another.
  • Pit reporter - a co-presenter who interviews teams within The Pits, including Philippa Forrester, Julia Reed and Jayne Middlemiss.
  • PPZ - Acronym standing for "Perimeter Patrol Zone", an Arena hazard used in Series 2, which is patrolled by the House Robots.
  • psi - Acronym standing for "pounds per square inch", a unit commonly used to measure the pressure of hydraulic and pneumatically-powered weapons.
  • Rambot - Not to be confused with the Series 4 competitor. A term used to describe robots whose design emphasises ramming power as their primary offensive output, usually in place of or over any active weapon(s). Storm 2 is a notable example of a robot referred to as a 'rambot' by its builders, fellow roboteers and on the televised show.
  • Reboot - Series 8, 9 and 10, including Battle of the Stars and World Series. A term used to refer to the second run of Robot Wars.
  • RPM - Acronym for "revolutions per minute", a unit of rotational speed typically used to gauge the speed of spinning weapons by how many turns (or 'revolutions') they make in one minute.
  • Roboteers - Term used to describe any individuals or teams who appear on the show as competitors.
  • Shufflebot - A robot which is designed to use a cam-driven 'shuffling' mechanism as its sole means of locomotion.
  • Sit-and-spin - A type of robot designed to damage nearby opponents by spinning on the spot.
  • Spinner - General term for rotating weapons, especially larger types such as flywheels, drums and bars.
  • Spinner killer - Phrase used to describe robots with features designed to withstand opponents armed with powerful spinning weapons, such as angled HARDOX/ARMOX wedges.
  • Srimech - Abbreviation standing for Self-righting mechanism, a device which allows a robot to flip or lift itself back onto its wheels after being overturned.
  • The Pits - The backstage area of the Robot Wars Arena, where robots are repaired and tested by their teams.
  • Thwackbot - A robot design which primarly relies on sit-and-spin tactics or kinetic energy from overhead torque reaction weapons as its main offensive output.
  • Translational drift - The action of a robot moving controllably across the arena while spinning at the same time using only its drive system. Only possible on designs equipped with Meltybrain technology.
  • Walkerbot - A robot which is designed to use legs and/or feet as its sole means of locomotion.
  • Wedgelet - Term used for a smaller fork or wedge-shaped attachment, typically added to the front of the robot in order to breach ground clearances. It is common for two or more wedgelets to be used, usually in tandem with a larger wedge or a vertical spinner.
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