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Examples of boffin in a Sentence
Our boffins finally broke the enemy's code!
Recent Examples of boffin from the Web
But the boffins at headquarters in Los Gatos help set the budgets.
But the boffins in Stuttgart have been tinkering with their PHEV tech, adding more kWh, horsepower, torque, and generally refining all the software and control electronics that make everything work.
The Lucasfilm Story Group's boffins are tying together the franchise's two main trilogies, doubling down on what many thought to be beyond salvaging.
Allen is the latest British boffin to argue for the Traversette.
But the boffins at Continental (the tire company) have been rethinking the standard way of doing things, specifically in the context of small and medium-size electric vehicles.
What will be surprising, however, is data calculated by the boffins over at Danish sports company Better Collective, who have revealed the major factor behind China's huge growth - in footballing terms at least - in recent times.
The pace of technological change is now so great that even the very latest submarines could become vulnerable to unanticipated attacks by hackers using techniques which military boffins have not prepared for.
Various boffins at CNET are reporting problems with stray electricity leaking out of Dell’s latest high-style laptops.
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Did You Know?
Boffin is an informal word that is more common in the U.K. than in the U.S. It is a relative newcomer to the English language, only appearing toward the end of World War II. Despite its youth, however, the origins of "boffin" are a mystery to us. The term was probably first applied by British Royal Air Force members to the scientists and engineers working closely with radar technology. The term was soon being more broadly applied to scientists involved in technological research. British speakers also use "boffin" colloquially to refer to academics or intellectuals in general, often in a manner that is synonymous with "nerd" or "egghead."
BOFFIN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of boffin for English Language Learners
: a research scientist
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