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 This article is dedicated to all WG-CC for their hard work contributing their time and effort to WoWS.

 As with any complex endeavor, a jargon — a set of specialized words or expressions — develops around a game. World of Warships's jargon incorporates nautical jargon as well as that specific to the game. As a result, there are many unusual terms that may appear in a discussion. Below is a list of some of the most common terminology that players may encounter. This list will attempt to explain some of the more common jargon found within WoWS that is not always readily apparent to the newer player, and also mention and give background to a few WG-CC or twitch streamers that will help the captain out. Please note that most of the following is not the authors own work, but put together from WoWS wiki, and other WG articles and fan articles. (Giving credit where credit is due) In order to have a guide available here in forums game guides and tutorials. Please also note that this glossary may be edited in the future if the author discovers more jargons, or more content to add to the list. :-)

 

 General Terms (by letters)

Example:

 TERM                                  |                      DEFINITION

899 Brigade:                | A division which consists of a Tier VIII aircraft carrier and two Tier IX battleships. Usually formed to snipe-kill enemy aircraft carrier during battles.


 A

 AA - "Anti-Aircraft"  usually refers to "AA" guns and capabilities (those guns capable of firing at aircraft). 

 AA Sector - Refers to a side of the ship (port or starboard) where AA gunfire can be reinforced using the Sector Reinforcement mechanism.

 AAA - "Anti-Aircraft Artillery" or "Anti-Aircraft Armament" or "Triple-A". Same as AA.

 AFK - "Away from Keyboard". Considered unsportsmanlike conduct.

 AFT - Commander skill Advanced Firing Training. (before commander skill rework)

 Aft - Toward the stern of the ship.

 Alpha - 1) From Alpha Strike - The amount of damage a ship or weapon can do in a single strike.
 2) Alpha Test - the first semi-public phase of World of Warships development.

 Amidships- The middle of the ship, roughly half way between the bow and the stern.

 Anchor - In battle, a position — typically on or near a flank and usually next to an island — that forces the enemy to deal with the anchor ship in order to win the flank.

 Angle-ed -ing - Orient a ship at an angle to the enemy such that the profile is narrow and the side armor presents a sharp angle that will bounce most shells.

 AP - Armor-Piercing shells. Ammo article.

 AR - Commander skill Adrenaline Rush.

 Area Denial - A spread of torpedoes that is used to deter or prevent an enemy or group from entering a desired location, or a consumable (esp. radar) use that prevents a ship   from occupying or pressures a ship out of a location.

 

B

 

 Term                                                                                                     Definition

  Baguette - Nickname for ships from France.

  Bait-Dodge - A technique used primarily by cruisers and gunboat destroyers where a player baits the enemy to take a shot at his ship, only to evade, thus negating most or all     damage.

  Balans - from 'balance'   A term used ironically in reference to Russian/USSR ships being powerful.

  Banzai - Japanese equivalent for "WITNESS ME" i.e. suicide attacks (Ramming, YOLO rush). Sometimes accompanied by the war cry "Tenno Heika Banzai!"(Long live the     Emperor!)

  Battery - A group or organizational unit of guns, usually by caliber and purpose. A battery is usually controlled by a common director.

  Battle Line - A continuous area of influence that extends between ships in a given sector. Advancing the line applies pressure to the enemy while pulling the line alleviates   pressure.

  BB - Battleship.

  Beam - The breadth of a ship's hull at its widest point.

  BFT - Commander skill Basic Firing Training. (Before commander skill rework)

  Big Mamie - The nickname of the Tier VIII premium battleship Massachusetts.

  Blap - To do a large chunk of damage to an enemy ship.

  Blindfire - Salvos fired against a target that cannot be seen from the firing ship. Often done as counter-fire against a ship obscured by smoke.

  Boggzy - A WG-CC @Boggzy who has his own podcast, twitch streams, and also casts live KoTS commentary.

  Bot - A game-directed combatant. In a PVE mode, one side in battle is composed of bots.

  Bote - A joking reference to a ship. (A ship is not a "boat", so the misspelling.)

  Bounce - A shell hit that ricochets off the target due to the impact angle.

  Bow - Front of the ship where the porpoises hang out when underway.

  Bow in Bow-on / Bow tanking - Facing the bow of the ship directly at the enemy. The orientation restricts the number of guns that can bear, but reduces the ship's target size     and forms sharp   angles that tend to deflect incoming projectiles.

  Bracket - When a well-aimed salvo misses to both sides of the ship due to dispersion.

  Brawl  - A close-quarters engagement between ships. Some ships are better than others in this capacity.

  BRB - "I'll Be Right Back"

 Broadsiden. - 1) The long ("broad") side of a ship. Turning the ship's broadside to an enemy allows the greatest number of main battery guns to target the enemy, but presents a   large, flat-faced target in return. The opposite of angled. Shells arriving perpendicular to a broadside are much more likely to penetrate than shells arriving at a sharp angle.
 2) A salvo of all main guns that can bear on a target.

 Buff - To increase the effectiveness of a ship or mechanism.

 BZ - "Bravo Zulu" or "Well done".

 

C

 

Term                                                                                                         Definition

  CA - Heavy cruiser. (The 'A' comes from 'Armored', but the post-WWI CA is distinguished by the larger caliber of its guns.) Generally assigned an anti-cruiser role.

  Camp-er -ing - To sit in one spot for the majority of the game. Usually pejorative.

  Cap - from 'capture' - n. 1) An objective circle. 2) The capture of an objective circle.
  v. Short for capping. 3) Name for a WoWS mascot with a playlist centering around "Cap" and his friend "Fishy"

 Capping - Attempting to control or capture an objective area or enemy base by occupying it.

 Carry - To perform far better than the rest of the team in an effort to secure a victory.

 Carwash - The soaking of an enemy ship with seawater splashes from shells that fail to hit. See 'bracket'.

 CBT-er- Closed Beta Test — an early period in World of Warships development following Alpha test. The test period was by invitation only.

 CC - Community Contributor. Community Contributors are players who assist and help other players of World of Warships, such as showing off their love for the game over their   Twitch stream or by posting YouTube videos, running a fan site or Facebook page providing helpful answers, writing guides, running in-game events in our contest area, etc.   They are basically players who voluntarily dedicate time and energy towards their love for World of Warships and in doing so, improve the online community experience for   others! (side note: o7 to all of you CC - appreciate your hard work)

 CE - The commander skill Concealment Expert.

 Chad - Taken from a meme, this is similar to a "YOLO" rush, in which a single ship rushes forward to engage enemy forces.

 Chunk - A noticeable amount of damage, but not crippling.

 Cit / Citted- Citadel hit.

 Citadel - n. The vital areas of a ship containing engines, machinery, magazines, etc.
 v. To penetrate the citadel and explode within, causing great damage or 100% of the shell's maximum damage.

 Citadel City - A ship that is easy to citadel such as Emerald, Kuma, Omaha, Shchors, Hawkins, Mikoyan, Italian cruisers, British "Heavy" Cruisers, and "Light" Cruisers. These   ships  are preferred targets for early elimination.

 CL - Light Cruiser. A cruiser with smaller-caliber guns. Generally assigned an anti-destroyer or anti-air role.

 Clam digging - Running aground. Close inspection of an uncharted island. "Pulling a Notser".

 Cockpit - The place where the crew and the stewardae have their parties. Oh wait. That's World of Warplanes. NVM.

 Cockbote - Nickname for Tier X USN cruiser Worcester (rhymes with 'rooster').

 Consumable - 1) Items that are expended in battle, notably signal flags and single-use camouflage.
2) A class of equipment that provides new or enhanced capabilities to a ship and is consumed in battle.

 Council - Nickname for Tier IX French battleship Jean Bart (due to her large amount of secondaries on her stern).

Crossfires - Intersecting lanes of gunfire that make it impossible for the enemy ship to effectively angle.

CTD - "Crash To Desktop".

CV - Aircraft Carrier. (haet cv)

 

D

 

Term                                                                                       Definition

 Daily shipments - Small gifts for logging in each day - usually available with the advent of a new event.

 Damage Farming - Doing damage to enemy ships as the primary objective, possibly at the expense of team objectives such as winning the battle.

 Damage Saturation - When a part of a ship has sustained damage equal to its health pool.

 DB - Dive Bomber.

 DCP / Damacon - The Damage Control Party consumable or its use.

 DD - Destroyer.

 DE - The commander skill Demolition Expert.

 Death ball - A tight huddle of ships intended to protect against air attack by overlapping AA auras. Mutual defense is good, but a death ball is not recommended.

 Deleted / Deletion - When a healthy ship is destroyed instantly; see "Devstrike," "One-shot".

 Derp - Acting without skill or critical thought. Typically used by players to acknowledge a silly mistake (either in the battle or in chat).

 Derpitz - Nickname for Tier VIII premium KM battleship Tirpitz.

 Des memes - Nickname for Tier X USN cruiser Des Moines.

 Desync - A bug that some players experienced lag, i.e; delayed firing, delayed movement, sudden damage taken especially when high ping occurs.

 Detected / Detection - The enemy obtaining enough location information to target a ship.

 Detonation - A massive explosion caused by ignition of a magazine that destroys the ship. In Random battle it awards an achievement to the detonated. (The Juliet   Charlie signal prevents detonation.)

 Devstrike - Short for "Devastating Strike".

 DFAA / DF - The Defensive AA Fire  consumable.

 Disconnect / DC - When a player disconnects from the battle, whether accidentally or intentionally. Results in AFK.

 Disengage - Break contact with the enemy.

 Dispersion - The spread of shells fired in a salvo, typically described by the lengths of the axes of a containing ellipse. Vertical dispersion (the major axis) being the distance   between the farthest and the closest shellfall (re: the firing ship), and horizontal dispersion (the minor axis) being the distance between farthest shellfall left and right.

 Doubloons  - A currency in World of Warships, similiar to WoT/WoP Gold.

 DPM - Damage (health points) per minute. Usually refers to the damage output of anti-ship batteries.

 DPS - Damage per second. Usually refers to the damage output of AA batteries.

 Draft - How deep the ship sits in the water. The distance from the waterline to the lowest point of the ship.

 

E

 

 Term                                                                                                Definition

 "Earn your trusty flags" - "Detonation" - Earning flags from getting Detonated. (The Juliet Charlie signal gained from detonation.)

 Economy - The earning and spending of the many in-game currencies.

 EXP - Elite XP, or ship experience on Elite ships.

 ECXP - Elite Commander XP - experience earned by elite (19-point) commanders.

 ECXP farming - er - A player who uses 21 skill point commander on premium ships, with signals, with premium account, and other bonuses whose desired result is to farm high Elite Commander XP for the captains uses. Also a very effective way to gain the resource.

 Elite ship - A ship that has all of its modules, and all dependent ships, researched or unlocked. The term usually refers to tech tree ships as premium ships are always Elite.

 

F

 

Term                                                                    Definition

 Farming - Taking advantage of a situation to accumulate a desired result. e.g. damage farming, farming fires.

 FDR - Abbreviation for "Franklin D. Roosevelt" tier X American CV (haet cv)

 Fighter - An aircraft designed and tasked to destroy enemy aircraft. See Aircraft.

 Fish - Torpedoes.

 Flank - An outermost side of a team's battle line.

 Flanker - A ship whose attributes make it ideal for holding or exploiting a flank.

 Float - v. The opposite of sink. A desired practice for a ship and her crew.
 n. A ship that maintains a position usually around the center of a battle formation for screening and line integrity.

 Focus Fire - Organized and repeated fire against a single target in the attempt to sink it or force it to run away.

 Frag rate / KDKill/Death Ratio. - How many kills (frags) you have vs. how many times you fail to float in battle.

 Freeboard - The height of a ship's side above the waterline.

 Fun and Engaging - Traditional phrase expressing frustration over a game mechanic. "Detonating is so fun and engaging." or also mean being focused by a CV. (haet cv)

 "Furry Taco" - Nickname for Tier V IJN cruiser Furutaka.

 

G

 

Term                                                                                                                         Definition

 G2G / GTG- "Got to Go."

 Gaishu - Gaishu_Isshoku. Probably the best WG-CC @Gaishu_Isshoku in terms of stats, running his own twitch streams. And also runs his own professional clan.

 GG - "Good Game". Also Big Grin. A sportmanship abbreviation for "Good game"

 GLHF - "Good Luck and Have Fun!" Also a sportmanship abbreviation for wishing well for teammates and/or enemies (!) alike.

 Going Dark - The act of disengaging or going back into concealment.

 Gold - A World of Tanks currency. The equivalent in World of Warships is Doubloons .

 Grind - The amount of time and effort it takes to play and progress through the tech tree, missions, or campaigns.

 Gun Bloom - When firing the main guns there is a "bloom" of fire and smoke that can be seen from afar. As a result, the ship's detection range "blooms" to the maximum range of   the guns for 20 seconds. (Secondary and AA batteries do not bloom.)

 

H

 

 

Term                                                                                                               Definition

 Hapa_Fodder - WG community manager @Hapa_Fodder and "Praefecti" for NA server. Also a well-loved mate in WoWS, USN Military vet, and history buff. He also runs NA   community streams, usually with a guest.

 Hard Cover - An object, such as an island, that breaks line of sight or protects ships from incoming shells and torpedoes.

 Hard Spotted - Being spotted by a ship within the player ship's detection range.

 HE - High-Explosive shells. See the ammo article.

 Hold - A hold is usually near the center of the map near an island and is positioned for supporting fire on one or more capture points.

 HUD - Heads Up Display.

 Hull - The part of the ship that makes it float.

 Hydro - The Hydroacoustic Search  consumable.

 

I and J

 

Term                                                                                                 Definition

 iDuckman - A Wiki editor @iDuckman edits wiki and also helps players out on forums. Very friendly and quackable....er, should I say lovable.(About: 🦆 iDuckman 🦆 is an over-educated rules lawyer and a proud Texan — the not-laconic type. He loves his cruisers. Rumor has it that the witch, Salem, is considering his proposal of marriage. [<hiss> Get away from him, you witch!]   (Naively, Sir Ducken believes that he owns a cat.)
On the wiki, 'Ducky' sticks mostly to the rules pages, trying to keep up with ongoing, constant, never-ending improvements. Sir Ducken is the Deputy Team Lead. 🦆)

 IGN - In Game Name.

 IJN - Imperial Japanese Navy.

 Impregnator - Lewd nickname for Tier IV VMF battleship Imperator Nikolai I.

 Island hugging - Hiding behind an island for cover. Usually in an Anchoring or Holding position.

 

K

 

Term                                                               Definition

 Kek - Alternative to "LOL," indicating amusement.

 Kiting - The act of moving away from a superior chasing enemy while engaging them, thereby maximizing the risk/reward factor.

 Knot (Kn) - A unit used to measure the speed of ships on the water. 1 knot is equal to 1 nautical mile per hour. 1 nmi = 1.15 mi = 1.85 km.

 KoTS - "King of the Sea" a tournament run independently. First started by EU players, and now a WoWS well-known name where top clans from all servers compete for the top.

 KM - Kriegsmarine (Germany).

 KMS - A ship of the Kriegsmarine. "KMS" is not used in German. Presumably of an Anglophone source attempting to simulate the non-existent German term   "Kriegsmarineschiff"  or "Kriegsmarines Schiff".

 KS / Kill Steal - A misguided accusation for the act of eliminating an enemy ship without "earning" the kill.

 

 

L

 

 

Term                                                                                         Definition

 Lead - v. To aim a distance in front of or behind the target to counter its speed and direction.
 n. the amount offset.

 Lemming - A small rodent that inhabits arctic and sub-arctic tundra and taiga environments. Lemmings are believed to migrate as a large, mindless horde.

 Lemming Train - A group of ships that travel together in close proximity to one area or objective, often neglecting the capture of strategic points and leaving other ships without   support.

 Lert -  The black cat. @Lert (Lert is the black cat you see pawing around in the forums and also a friend of mouse, helping her with ship reviews and such)

 "LL / Load Lock "Late Load" - A frustrating glitch where the ship gets hung up on the battle load screen instead of entering battle with the team. The hang-up can last several   seconds or the entire match. Killing the game client and restarting will usually bypass the glitch, but takes a while itself. Failing to enter battle can result in an unsportsmanlike   conduct warning.

 Lit up - Spotted by the enemy, usually with radar.

 lol/LOL- "Laughing Out Loud", "Laugh Out Loud", or "Lots of laugh"

 Lolibote - (derived from Japanese slang) A destroyer.

 LOLcit / LOLpen- Receiving a citadel or penetrating hit from an unlikely angle.

 LoS - "Line of Sight".

 Lord_Zath - A certain skilled WG-CC @Lord_Zath which is calm, kind, and fun. (About: Lord_Zath was one of the first members of the EN wiki team, joining at a time when most wiki pages were but empty shells. His passion for photography quickly earned him the position of "resident wiki screenshot guru". Zath is also a Supertest Coordinator and a Community Contributor. An avid fan of World of Warships, he aims to teach players as much as he can with his streams on  Twitch and his  YouTube channel. You can see some of his favorite death pics on  Twitter or join his Discord (https://discord.gg/5y2Nrx7) to submit replays your most epic replays!)

 LWM - LittleWhiteMouse, another skilled WG-CC @LittleWhiteMouse which is downright hilariously funny. (About: LittleWhiteMouse got her start writing guides on the  North American forums.   When she's not collecting skulls for her daddy's comfy chair or   stuffing a  certain black cat into a box, much of her time is spent working on reviews of premium ships for Ship   Comrade.)

 

 

M

 

 

 Term                                                                                                                              Definition

 Magazine - The area where explosives and ammunition are stored, usually in close proximity to the guns. Hits on this armored storage room are understandably deadly.

 Main - Usually prefixed with a type of ship, e.g. "DD main", "PVE main": A player who prefers and mostly plays a certain type of ship or battle mode.

 MalteseKnight - A skilled WoWS player @MalteseKnight known to be nice and friendly. He also has his own twitch streams. (fan of him)

 Meme-o-taur- Nickname for Tier X RN light cruiser Minotaur.

 Meta - The common practice in outfitting ships and fighting them in battle. "Ship X is ineffective in the current meta." Often references a map strategy such as camping or island   hugging.

 MM / MatchMaker- The game's matchmaking system that groups players together for battle. 

 MN - Marine Nationale (France).

 Mods - 1) Moderators - Forum moderators who maintain order in the forums.
 2) Modifications - 3rd party game modifications that alter the game in some way. Some are illegal. Legal mods are often bundled in such as WoWS' ModStation and   Aslain's Modpack.

 Mong Rush - Similar to Shoving, except with the bulk, if not the entirety, of your team's ships, all in one concentrated blob.

MvP - "Most Valuable Player"

MvR - Manfred Von Richtoffen 

 

 

N

 

 

Term                                                                   Definition

 Nerf - Decrease the effectiveness of a ship, a characteristic, or a mechanism.

 NS - "Nice Shot."

 NVM, nvm - "Never Mind."

 

 

O

 

 

Term                                                                                                 Definition

 o7, <o - A text emoji representing a salute, typically used as a sign of respect.

 [O7] Devastating Strike - A Hurricane league professional clan which is made up of highly skilled players located on NA server. Accomplishing achievements such as multiple #1   in KoTS (King of the Sea) events, WoWS tournaments, and also finished off #1 in Verizon tournament of 2020 Global.

 OBT - Open Beta Test -ing -er: An early period in the game's development, after CBT.

 OOR - "Out Of Range."

 OM - Over-match

 OMW - "On My Way."

 One-shot - To destroy a healthy ship with a single salvo. May involve detonation.

 Op - Operation, syn. scenario, one of the choices in the Scenarios battle mode.

 OP - 1) Original Post -er in a forum thread.
 2) Overpowered - Said of a game ship or mechanism that is unfairly powerful.
 3) Over-Penetration.

 Open-Water Fighter - A ship who's gun arrangement or survivability is better suited for fighting in the open ocean, vs. using terrain.

 Ordnance - Generally, weapons. Usually, what is delivered by weapons: shells, torpedoes, bombs.

 Overmatch - A game mechanic in which large-caliber armor-piercing projectiles ignore thin armor on impact, regardless of angle. A shell overmatches a piece of armor if its   caliber exceeds 14.3x the armor's thickness. See this table.

 Overpen - Over-penetration: A shell hit that passes straight through a ship without doing significant damage. See penetration mechanism. Awards a hit ribbon.

 

 

P

 

 

Term                                                               Definition

 PA - Pan-Asia

 Pasta - nickname players give to italian ships

 Paint Scraper - A torpedo that passes close enough to scrape paint from the hull.

 Pen / Penetration - When a shell passes the target's armor and explodes inside for significant damage.

 Perma fire - A fire on a ship that has recently used its Damage Control Party  consumable, meaning the fire will deal considerable damage. Sometimes applied to flooding.

 Pink, pinked - The result of a penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct: the player's IGN and ship icons are colored pink. 

 Poi - The infamous tic of an animé character. [1] The word has no meaning.

 Pop-es -ing - A consumable has been activated or used (Ex: "I just popped DFAA").

 Port - 1) Nautical term for the left side of the ship.
 2) A protected place to park the ship.

 Port Screen - The main screen of the World of Warships user interface.

 Potato - A poorly-skilled player. Not always pejorative.

 Preemptive launch - A salvo of torpedoes toward where an unseen target is predicted to go. Often used for area denial.

 Pressure - Attacking an enemy ship to achieve a desired outcome. That outcome includes but is not limited to; stopping a push, distraction, etc.

 Proximity Spotting - (sometimes Proxy Spot) Detecting an enemy by being within the assured detection range, which overrides all concealment. Detection.

 PQ - abbreviation for a twitch streamer Potato_Quality @Potato_Quality, the player is one of the best BB players in WoWS and also has his own YT channel with rich content.

 "Pulling a Notser" - Grounding the ship on an island, sometimes intentionally. Coined for WG-CC and YouTuber, Notser.

 Push - Moving closer to the enemy in an attempt to gain ground (or sea water) against them.

 PVE - Player vs. Environment; used to refer to Co-Op battles or Scenarios, where players fights game entities rather than other players.

 PVP - Player vs. Player; used to refer to Random, Ranked, and Clan battles, where players fights other players rather than game entities.

 

 

Q and R

 

 

Term                                                                                Definition

 Railgun - A semi-joking term used to describe guns with very good ballistic performance and penetration, esp. Russian.

 Ram - To perform an intentional collision with an enemy, usually resulting in the destruction of both ships. Can be an effective tactic.

 "Ramming Speed" - A term used by a player meaning that the players ship is on course and speed for a ram. (From a classic)

 Random Torp(s) - An unexpected encounter with torpedoes, though said torpedoes may not have been aimed at the encounterer. Too often, wayward torps from an ally.

 Rekt - Wrecked. Badly damaged or destroyed. "I pushed around the corner and got rekt."

 Reverse Push - Reversing toward the enemy in a way that all of your firepower can be used while also giving your ship a viable escape. A form of kiting.

 RL / RDF - Commander skill Radio Location, a.k.a. Radio Direction Finding.

 RM - Regia Marina (Italy)

 RN - Royal Navy

 RNG - Random Number Generator, the output of which controls many occurrences in World of Warships.

 RNGesus - The embodiment of RNG. Praying to him for good luck in battle has a 50% chance of not working against one.

 Rounds - Shells. Ammunition.

 Rudder - A large flat surface used for steering a ship to port and starboard, usually located beneath the stern and behind the propellers.

 Russian Bias - A term used ironically in reference to Russian/USSR ships being powerful.

 

 

S

 

 

Term                                                                              Definition

 Salt-y - What an angry player spews in chat.

 Screening - Advance ships scouting threats for larger ships. Sometimes, providing a smoke screen to help another ship break contact.

 Seal Clubbing - When a veteran player ventures into low tiers to fight inexperienced players — a controversial, if fun, practice.

 SeaRaptor - A certain skilled, lively, friendly WG-CC @SeaRaptor in WoWS. (About SeaRaptor: Joining the community in open beta, SeaRaptor00 also hails from . Having served his time herding kittens that just happen to look a lot like the other wiki staff, he is now semi-retired, though, as a self-appointed Apostle of the Church of Hindenburg, he still edits wiki pages.
When not sinking ships on behalf of the Kriegsmarine or mining the game client for images, he can occasionally be found on  Twitch casting competitive matches of World of Warships, such as King of the Sea. Also best friends with Lord_Zath, another well-loved WG-CC)

 Shadow - Following an allied or enemy ship using concealment to remain undetected.

 Shooting the bow - Passing close in front of another ship's bow.

 Shooting the Stern - Passing close behind another ship's stern.

 Shove - In competitive modes, a tactic involving a push up a flank, typically with cruisers.

 Sigma - A number representing the probability of a gun's shells falling close to the point of aim. The higher the more likely.

 Silver - Credits.

 Smoke Camping - Sitting still inside a smoke screen.

 Sniping - Typically, a battleship far from the heart of the engagement trying to hit enemy ships that are more than 15 - 20 km away. Not a popular tactic with teammates.

 Soft Cover - Something that obscures a ship from detection but does not protect from ordnance. Ex: smoke screens, weather.

 Spawn - Where on the map a ship or team starts a battle. "On X map we spawned in the NE corner."

 Spec-ed -  'fm. specialized' What a ship/captain is specialized for. "I'm spec'd for AA." (haet cv)

 Squat-ing  - Hold a position, undetected, early in a battle to exploit a hole in the enemy lines mid-game.

 ST - Super Tester, a player who has volunteered to assist Wargaming in testing the game, and thus has access to unreleased ships - but also agreed to a Non-Disclosure   Agreement about them, and cannot discuss them with non-ST players.

 Statpadder - Refers to someone who uses certain ship to inflate stats. Statpadder's stats may give a artificial picture of the player, making him seem better than he actually is.   Also see Seal Clubber

 Starboard / STBD - Facing forward toward the bow, the right side of the ship.

 Stats - Player statistics.

 Stealth torp - Launching torpedoes while undetected. (The best way to launch torps.)

 Stern - The rear of the ship. The propeller(s) and rudder are located under the stern.

 Strats - Battle strategy.

 Stream sniping - Following the Twitch Livestreams of Community Contributors in the hopes of ending up in the same match as them. The ultimate goal is to find and sink them.   Often considered poor sportsmanship.

 Superstructer - Structures on the deck of a ship.

 

 

T, U, and V

 

 

Term                                                                                  Definition

Teamkill, TK-ing -er - Destruction of an ally, resulting in penalties. See this article.

 Tech tree - The ships of a nation organized by type and tier. Higher tier ships are more powerful. A player progresses upward through the tiers.

 Tedster_ - A wiki editor (About: Tedster  is the other resident black cat, a wiki team member (and former lead wiki editor), and a supertest coordinator. He is a battleship player who   started during the 2nd wave of closed alpha in June 2014, and he is probably whining somewhere about the simplification of the game over the course of testing and release or   is making "back in the day" comments. When not attempting to citadel destroyers with whatever battleship is currently being tested, he plays artillery for the current top NA Clan   Wars clan in World of Tanks, while also spending way too much time playing Kantai Collection, or reading Friedman-level tomes for entertainment.)

 "That's a Paddlin" - Phrase used by WG-CC 'The Mighty Jingles' to describe the often poor results of thinly-armored ships presenting their sides to hostile battleships.

 Tomato - A pejorative term used to describe players who have poor win rate/PR statistics. The term is derived the the color coding used by stat-tracking websites and mods,     which display low or bad statistics in red.

 Torpedo belt / bulge - A specialised armor zone on the lower hull of a ship designed to mitigate torpedo damage.

 Torpedo Soup - A bunch of torpedoes churning up the sea.                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Torpedo Beat / Torpbeat - Skillfully maneuvering through torpedo soup without being rekt, especially to the sound of eighties European dance music.

 Torps / Torps out - Often, a chat warning to friendly ships that a ship has launched torpedoes behind friendly lines, and to take care to avoid them if possible.

 Turn-out - When a ship reaches a certain position on the map, putting itself at an angle where it can begin kiting once contact is made with enemy forces.

 TY - "Thank you"

 U2 - "You too."

 Unicum/Unicorn - 1) A highly skilled player, as evidenced by remarkable stats. 2) A name for one of the top players in the game, in terms of personal statistics. Usually refers to   Winrate   and/or PR Stats. From Latin ūnicus.

 USN - United States Navy

 VMF - Voenno-Morskoj Flot (USSR)

 

 

W

 

 

Term                                                                                                Definition

 Wall of Skill - A large wave of torpedoes, usually from a Japanese Torpedo Destroyer. Ironic.

 Wallet Warrior - A premium ship player. It can be used to describe players who buy a lot of premium ships, or pejoratively to describe inexperienced players who buy their way     into the higher tiers by using a premium ship.

 Warcanoe - Nickname for Tier V premium ship destroyer Okhotnik.

 WASD - The principle keys controlling the direction and speed of a ship in combat. Often used to refer to maneuvering to avoid damage. "I used WASD hacks to dodge that wall   of skill."

 Waterline - The perimeter area of the ship just above and below water.

 WG / Weegee - Wargaming.net.

 Weevee - Nickname for Tier VI premium ship West Virginia.

 Wide / Narrow spread - The choice of spread between torpedoes. Typically a narrow spread is preferred against a specific target. Wide spread is used for area denial or hunting   destroyers in smoke screens. (On some DDs the choice is between wide-ish and single-shot.)

 WITNESS ME - "I'm going for the ram!"

 WITNESSED - Acknowledging a successful ramming attempt.

 WoWs - World of Warships.

 WP - "Well-Played." An abbreviation for a sportsmanship term congratulating your teammates or enemy teammates for a "Well-Played" tactic, maneuver, or strategy.

 

 

X, Y, and Z

 

 

Term                                                                                      Definition

 XP - Experience, used to research (unlock) ships and modules.

 YOLO - "You Only Live Once" — the necessary battle cry to let the team know that the player who just typed it into chat is about to do something very brave or very dumb (suicide   charge).

 Zone-out - Using islands to prevent certain enemy ships from engaging your ship.

 

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Good effort  @___Sakura.  Thanks for sharing.

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Aww, thanks man!!! <3

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Thanks all :-) 

Took a while gathering the data from various sources, and also putting them in order.

Made terms Bold, and definitions regular to avoid confusion.

Still editing some parts and adding some parts - my memory is as long as my shoe laces...and I where slippers.

 

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Fun to read - finally know what Potato actually means, as well as KEK (older generation, so this one is newer to me)

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17 hours ago, ___Sakura said:

This article is dedicated to all WG-CC for their hard work contributing their time and effort to WoWS.

Thanks!  The notoriety is appreciated.

Check my and SeaRaptor's profiles.  They were updated yesterday.  Also Lord_Zath.

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36 minutes ago, sonoasailor said:

Fun to read - finally know what Potato actually means, as well as KEK (older generation, so this one is newer to me)

Hmm, always thought KEK was just someone fat-fingering keys and really meaning LOL.

Potato also applies to a slow/old computer.

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Kudos for your hard work, and I appreciate the shout out.  @iDuckman pinged me yesterday with some nice updates to my (no longer accurate) bio over on the wiki page. =)  I have given up editing the wiki at this point; it was a part-time job for a few years, but I have more or less washed my hands of it now.

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On 1/7/2021 at 1:09 PM, iDuckman said:

Thanks!  The notoriety is appreciated.

Check my and SeaRaptor's profiles.  They were updated yesterday.  Also Lord_Zath.

Thank you very much Sir Duckman! You (and everyone else) are very helpful :-)

Thinking about writing another guide centered on nicknames players gave to ships: Like above "Furry Taco" (Farutaka) or Taco banana (Tachibana). Newer ships and old ships alike, "The Dread Baron" (MvR) etc. 

Edit: Someone else wanted to do it.

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3 hours ago, ___Sakura said:

Thank you very much Sir Duckman! You (and everyone else) are very helpful :-)

BTW, I'm not a CC.  There was a time when Wiki Editor was a respected title. So describe me as that, please.

The boat naming guide sounds like fun!

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11 minutes ago, iDuckman said:

BTW, I'm not a CC.  There was a time when Wiki Editor was a respected title. So describe me as that, please.

The boat naming guide sounds like fun!

Ah, sorry about that. Thought your a CC, let me edit that out quick!

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2 minutes ago, ___Sakura said:

Ah, sorry about that. Thought your a CC, let me edit that out quick!

It's understandable.  The page is entitled "Community Contributors".  Well, we do contribute, but CC is a separate program.  (SeaRaptor and Zath are both, btw.)

Note that CCs get a descriptive forum title.  We used to.  Now everybody and his dog are "Privateers".

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On 1/6/2021 at 7:35 PM, ___Sakura said:

 This article is dedicated to all WG-CC for their hard work contributing their time and effort to WoWS.

 As with any complex endeavor, a jargon — a set of specialized words or expressions — develops around a game. World of Warships's jargon incorporates nautical jargon as well as that specific to the game. As a result, there are many unusual terms that may appear in a discussion. Below is a list of some of the most common terminology that players may encounter. This list will attempt to explain some of the more common jargon found within WoWS that is not always readily apparent to the newer player, and also mention and give background to a few WG-CC or twitch streamers that will help the captain out. Please note that most of the following is not the authors own work, but put together from WoWS wiki, and other WG articles and fan articles. (Giving credit where credit is due) In order to have a guide available here in forums game guides and tutorials. Please also note that this glossary may be edited in the future if the author discovers more jargons, or more content to add to the list. :-)

 

 General Terms (by letters)

Example:

 TERM                                  |                      DEFINITION

899 Brigade:                | A division which consists of a Tier VIII aircraft carrier and two Tier IX battleships. Usually formed to snipe-kill enemy aircraft carrier during battles.


 A

 AA - "Anti-Aircraft"  usually refers to "AA" guns and capabilities (those guns capable of firing at aircraft). 

 AA Sector - Refers to a side of the ship (port or starboard) where AA gunfire can be reinforced using the Sector Reinforcement mechanism.

 AAA - "Anti-Aircraft Artillery" or "Anti-Aircraft Armament" or "Triple-A". Same as AA.

 AFK - "Away from Keyboard". Considered unsportsmanlike conduct.

 AFT - Commander skill Advanced Firing Training.

 Aft - Toward the stern of the ship.

 Alpha - 1) From Alpha Strike - The amount of damage a ship or weapon can do in a single strike.
 2) Alpha Test - the first semi-public phase of World of Warships development.

 Amidships- The middle of the ship, roughly half way between the bow and the stern.

 Anchor - In battle, a position — typically on or near a flank and usually next to an island — that forces the enemy to deal with the anchor ship in order to win the flank.

 Angle-ed -ing - Orient a ship at an angle to the enemy such that the profile is narrow and the side armor presents a sharp angle that will bounce most shells.

 AP - Armor-Piercing shells. Ammo article.

 AR - Commander skill Adrenaline Rush.

 Area Denial - A spread of torpedoes that is used to deter or prevent an enemy or group from entering a desired location, or a consumable (esp. radar) use that prevents a ship   from occupying or pressures a ship out of a location.

 

B

 

 Term                                                                                                     Definition

  Baguette - Nickname for ships from France.

  Bait-Dodge - A technique used primarily by cruisers and gunboat destroyers where a player baits the enemy to take a shot at his ship, only to evade, thus negating most or all     damage.

  Balans - from 'balance'   A term used ironically in reference to Russian/USSR ships being powerful.

  Banzai - Japanese equivalent for "WITNESS ME" i.e. suicide attacks (Ramming, YOLO rush). Sometimes accompanied by the war cry "Tenno Heika Banzai!"(Long live the     Emperor!)

  Battery - A group or organizational unit of guns, usually by caliber and purpose. A battery is usually controlled by a common director.

  Battle Line - A continuous area of influence that extends between ships in a given sector. Advancing the line applies pressure to the enemy while pulling the line alleviates   pressure.

  BB - Battleship.

  Beam - The breadth of a ship's hull at its widest point.

  BFT - Commander skill Basic Firing Training.

  Big Mamie - The nickname of the Tier VIII premium battleship Massachusetts.

  Blap - To do a large chunk of damage to an enemy ship.

  Blindfire - Salvos fired against a target that cannot be seen from the firing ship. Often done as counter-fire against a ship obscured by smoke.

  Boggzy - A WG-CC @Boggzy who has his own podcast, twitch streams, and also casts live KoTS commentary.

  Bot - A game-directed combatant. In a PVE mode, one side in battle is composed of bots.

  Bote - A joking reference to a ship. (A ship is not a "boat", so the misspelling.)

  Bounce - A shell hit that ricochets off the target due to the impact angle.

  Bow - Front of the ship where the porpoises hang out when underway.

  Bow in Bow-on / Bow tanking - Facing the bow of the ship directly at the enemy. The orientation restricts the number of guns that can bear, but reduces the ship's target size     and forms sharp   angles that tend to deflect incoming projectiles.

  Bracket - When a well-aimed salvo misses to both sides of the ship due to dispersion.

  Brawl  - A close-quarters engagement between ships. Some ships are better than others in this capacity.

  BRB - "I'll Be Right Back"

 Broadsiden. - 1) The long ("broad") side of a ship. Turning the ship's broadside to an enemy allows the greatest number of main battery guns to target the enemy, but presents a   large, flat-faced target in return. The opposite of angled. Shells arriving perpendicular to a broadside are much more likely to penetrate than shells arriving at a sharp angle.
 2) A salvo of all main guns that can bear on a target.

 Buff - To increase the effectiveness of a ship or mechanism.

 BZ - "Bravo Zulu" or "Well done".

 

C

 

Term                                                                                                         Definition

  CA - Heavy cruiser. (The 'A' comes from 'Armored', but the post-WWI CA is distinguished by the larger caliber of its guns.) Generally assigned an anti-cruiser role.

  Camp-er -ing - To sit in one spot for the majority of the game. Usually pejorative.

  Cap - from 'capture' - n. 1) An objective circle. 2) The capture of an objective circle.
  v. Short for capping. 3) Name for a WoWS mascot with a playlist centering around "Cap" and his friend "Fishy"

 Capping - Attempting to control or capture an objective area or enemy base by occupying it.

 Carry - To perform far better than the rest of the team in an effort to secure a victory.

 Carwash - The soaking of an enemy ship with seawater splashes from shells that fail to hit. See 'bracket'.

 CBT-er- Closed Beta Test — an early period in World of Warships development following Alpha test. The test period was by invitation only.

 CC - Community Contributor. Community Contributors are players who assist and help other players of World of Warships, such as showing off their love for the game over their   Twitch stream or by posting YouTube videos, running a fan site or Facebook page providing helpful answers, writing guides, running in-game events in our contest area, etc.   They are basically players who voluntarily dedicate time and energy towards their love for World of Warships and in doing so, improve the online community experience for   others! (side note: o7 to all of you CC - appreciate your hard work)

 CE - The commander skill Concealment Expert.

 Chad - Taken from a meme, this is similar to a "YOLO" rush, in which a single ship rushes forward to engage enemy forces.

 Chunk - A noticeable amount of damage, but not crippling.

 Cit / Citted- Citadel hit.

 Citadel - n. The vital areas of a ship containing engines, machinery, magazines, etc.
 v. To penetrate the citadel and explode within, causing great damage or 100% of the shell's maximum damage.

 Citadel City - A ship that is easy to citadel such as Emerald, Kuma, Omaha, Shchors, Hawkins, Mikoyan, Italian cruisers, British "Heavy" Cruisers, and "Light" Cruisers. These   ships  are preferred targets for early elimination.

 CL - Light Cruiser. A cruiser with smaller-caliber guns. Generally assigned an anti-destroyer or anti-air role.

 Clam digging - Running aground. Close inspection of an uncharted island. "Pulling a Notser".

 Cockpit - The place where the crew and the stewardae have their parties. Oh wait. That's World of Warplanes. NVM.

 Cockbote - Nickname for Tier X USN cruiser Worcester (rhymes with 'rooster').

 Consumable - 1) Items that are expended in battle, notably signal flags and single-use camouflage.
2) A class of equipment that provides new or enhanced capabilities to a ship and is consumed in battle.

 Council - Nickname for Tier IX French battleship Jean Bart (due to her large amount of secondaries on her stern).

Crossfires - Intersecting lanes of gunfire that make it impossible for the enemy ship to effectively angle.

CTD - "Crash To Desktop".

CV - Aircraft Carrier. (haet cv)

 

D

 

Term                                                                                       Definition

 Daily shipments - Small gifts for logging in each day - usually available with the advent of a new event.

 Damage Farming - Doing damage to enemy ships as the primary objective, possibly at the expense of team objectives such as winning the battle.

 Damage Saturation - When a part of a ship has sustained damage equal to its health pool.

 DB - Dive Bomber.

 DCP / Damacon - The Damage Control Party consumable or its use.

 DD - Destroyer.

 DE - The commander skill Demolition Expert.

 Death ball - A tight huddle of ships intended to protect against air attack by overlapping AA auras. Mutual defense is good, but a death ball is not recommended.

 Deleted / Deletion - When a healthy ship is destroyed instantly; see "Devstrike," "One-shot".

 Derp - Acting without skill or critical thought. Typically used by players to acknowledge a silly mistake (either in the battle or in chat).

 Derpitz - Nickname for Tier VIII premium KM battleship Tirpitz.

 Des memes - Nickname for Tier X USN cruiser Des Moines.

 Desync - A bug that some players experienced lag, i.e; delayed firing, delayed movement, sudden damage taken especially when high ping occurs.

 Detected / Detection - The enemy obtaining enough location information to target a ship.

 Detonation - A massive explosion caused by ignition of a magazine that destroys the ship. In Random battle it awards an achievement to the detonated. (The Juliet   Charlie signal prevents detonation.)

 Devstrike - Short for "Devastating Strike".

 DFAA / DF - The Defensive AA Fire  consumable.

 Disconnect / DC - When a player disconnects from the battle, whether accidentally or intentionally. Results in AFK.

 Disengage - Break contact with the enemy.

 Dispersion - The spread of shells fired in a salvo, typically described by the lengths of the axes of a containing ellipse. Vertical dispersion (the major axis) being the distance   between the farthest and the closest shellfall (re: the firing ship), and horizontal dispersion (the minor axis) being the distance between farthest shellfall left and right.

 Doubloons  - A currency in World of Warships, similiar to WoT/WoP Gold.

 DPM - Damage (health points) per minute. Usually refers to the damage output of anti-ship batteries.

 DPS - Damage per second. Usually refers to the damage output of AA batteries.

 Draft - How deep the ship sits in the water. The distance from the waterline to the lowest point of the ship.

 

E

 

 Term                                                                                                Definition

 "Earn your trusty flags" - "Detonation" - Earning flags from getting Detonated. (The Juliet Charlie signal gained from detonation.)

 Economy - The earning and spending of the many in-game currencies.

 EXP - Elite XP, or ship experience on Elite ships.

 ECXP - Elite Commander XP - experience earned by elite (19-point) commanders.

 ECXP farming - er - A player who uses 19 skill point commander on premium ships, with signals, with premium account, and other bonuses whose desired result is to farm high Elite Commander XP for the captains uses. Also a very effective way to gain the resource.

 Elite ship - A ship that has all of its modules, and all dependent ships, researched or unlocked. The term usually refers to tech tree ships as premium ships are always Elite.

 

F

 

Term                                                                    Definition

 Farming - Taking advantage of a situation to accumulate a desired result. e.g. damage farming, farming fires.

 FDR - Abbreviation for "Franklin D. Roosevelt" tier X American CV (haet cv)

 Fighter - An aircraft designed and tasked to destroy enemy aircraft. See Aircraft.

 Fish - Torpedoes.

 Flank - An outermost side of a team's battle line.

 Flanker - A ship whose attributes make it ideal for holding or exploiting a flank.

 Float - v. The opposite of sink. A desired practice for a ship and her crew.
 n. A ship that maintains a position usually around the center of a battle formation for screening and line integrity.

 Focus Fire - Organized and repeated fire against a single target in the attempt to sink it or force it to run away.

 Frag rate / KDKill/Death Ratio. - How many kills (frags) you have vs. how many times you fail to float in battle.

 Freeboard - The height of a ship's side above the waterline.

 Fun and Engaging - Traditional phrase expressing frustration over a game mechanic. "Detonating is so fun and engaging." or also mean being focused by a CV. (haet cv)

 "Furry Taco" - Nickname for Tier V IJN cruiser Furutaka.

 

G

 

Term                                                                                                                         Definition

 G2G / GTG- "Got to Go."

 Gaishu - Gaishu_Isshoku. Probably the best WG-CC @Gaishu_Isshoku in terms of stats, running his own twitch streams. And also runs his own professional clan.

 GG - "Good Game". Also Big Grin. A sportmanship abbreviation for "Good game"

 GLHF - "Good Luck and Have Fun!" Also a sportmanship abbreviation for wishing well for teammates and/or enemies (!) alike.

 Going Dark - The act of disengaging or going back into concealment.

 Gold - A World of Tanks currency. The equivalent in World of Warships is Doubloons .

 Grind - The amount of time and effort it takes to play and progress through the tech tree, missions, or campaigns.

 Gun Bloom - When firing the main guns there is a "bloom" of fire and smoke that can be seen from afar. As a result, the ship's detection range "blooms" to the maximum range of   the guns for 20 seconds. (Secondary and AA batteries do not bloom.)

 

H

 

 

Term                                                                                                               Definition

 Hapa_Fodder - WG community manager @Hapa_Fodder and "Praefecti" for NA server. Also a well-loved mate in WoWS, USN Military vet, and history buff. He also runs NA   community streams, usually with a guest.

 Hard Cover - An object, such as an island, that breaks line of sight or protects ships from incoming shells and torpedoes.

 Hard Spotted - Being spotted by a ship within the player ship's detection range.

 HE - High-Explosive shells. See the ammo article.

 Hold - A hold is usually near the center of the map near an island and is positioned for supporting fire on one or more capture points.

 HUD - Heads Up Display.

 Hull - The part of the ship that makes it float.

 Hydro - The Hydroacoustic Search  consumable.

 

I and J

 

Term                                                                                                 Definition

 iDuckman - A Wiki editor @iDuckman edits wiki and also helps players out on forums. Very friendly and quackable....er, should I say lovable.(About: 🦆 iDuckman 🦆 is an over-educated rules lawyer and a proud Texan — the not-laconic type. He loves his cruisers. Rumor has it that the witch, Salem, is considering his proposal of marriage. [<hiss> Get away from him, you witch!]   (Naively, Sir Ducken believes that he owns a cat.)
On the wiki, 'Ducky' sticks mostly to the rules pages, trying to keep up with ongoing, constant, never-ending improvements. Sir Ducken is the Deputy Team Lead. 🦆)

 IGN - In Game Name.

 IJN - Imperial Japanese Navy.

 Impregnator - Lewd nickname for Tier IV VMF battleship Imperator Nikolai I.

 Island hugging - Hiding behind an island for cover. Usually in an Anchoring or Holding position.

 

K

 

Term                                                               Definition

 Kek - Alternative to "LOL," indicating amusement.

 Kiting - The act of moving away from a superior chasing enemy while engaging them, thereby maximizing the risk/reward factor.

 Knot (Kn) - A unit used to measure the speed of ships on the water. 1 knot is equal to 1 nautical mile per hour. 1 nmi = 1.15 mi = 1.85 km.

 KoTS - "King of the Sea" a tournament run independently. First started by EU players, and now a WoWS well-known name where top clans from all servers compete for the top.

 KM - Kriegsmarine (Germany).

 KMS - A ship of the Kriegsmarine. "KMS" is not used in German. Presumably of an Anglophone source attempting to simulate the non-existent German term   "Kriegsmarineschiff"  or "Kriegsmarines Schiff".

 KS / Kill Steal - A misguided accusation for the act of eliminating an enemy ship without "earning" the kill.

 

 

L

 

 

Term                                                                                         Definition

 Lead - v. To aim a distance in front of or behind the target to counter its speed and direction.
 n. the amount offset.

 Lemming - A small rodent that inhabits arctic and sub-arctic tundra and taiga environments. Lemmings are believed to migrate as a large, mindless horde.

 Lemming Train - A group of ships that travel together in close proximity to one area or objective, often neglecting the capture of strategic points and leaving other ships without   support.

 Lert -  The black cat. @Lert (Lert is the black cat you see pawing around in the forums and also a friend of mouse, helping her with ship reviews and such)

 "LL / Load Lock "Late Load" - A frustrating glitch where the ship gets hung up on the battle load screen instead of entering battle with the team. The hang-up can last several   seconds or the entire match. Killing the game client and restarting will usually bypass the glitch, but takes a while itself. Failing to enter battle can result in an unsportsmanlike   conduct warning.

 Lit up - Spotted by the enemy, usually with radar.

 lol/LOL- "Laughing Out Loud", "Laugh Out Loud", or "Lots of laugh"

 Lolibote - (derived from Japanese slang) A destroyer.

 LOLcit / LOLpen- Receiving a citadel or penetrating hit from an unlikely angle.

 LoS - "Line of Sight".

 Lord_Zath - A certain skilled WG-CC @Lord_Zath which is calm, kind, and fun. (About: Lord_Zath was one of the first members of the EN wiki team, joining at a time when most wiki pages were but empty shells. His passion for photography quickly earned him the position of "resident wiki screenshot guru". Zath is also a Supertest Coordinator and a Community Contributor. An avid fan of World of Warships, he aims to teach players as much as he can with his streams on  Twitch and his  YouTube channel. You can see some of his favorite death pics on  Twitter or join his Discord (https://discord.gg/5y2Nrx7) to submit replays your most epic replays!)

 LWM - LittleWhiteMouse, another skilled WG-CC @LittleWhiteMouse which is downright hilariously funny. (About: LittleWhiteMouse got her start writing guides on the  North American forums.   When she's not collecting skulls for her daddy's comfy chair or   stuffing a  certain black cat into a box, much of her time is spent working on reviews of premium ships for Ship   Comrade.)

 

 

M

 

 

 Term                                                                                                                              Definition

 Magazine - The area where explosives and ammunition are stored, usually in close proximity to the guns. Hits on this armored storage room are understandably deadly.

 Main - Usually prefixed with a type of ship, e.g. "DD main", "PVE main": A player who prefers and mostly plays a certain type of ship or battle mode.

 MalteseKnight - A skilled WoWS player @MalteseKnight known to be nice and friendly. He also has his own twitch streams. (fan of him)

 Meme-o-taur- Nickname for Tier X RN light cruiser Minotaur.

 Meta - The common practice in outfitting ships and fighting them in battle. "Ship X is ineffective in the current meta." Often references a map strategy such as camping or island   hugging.

 MM / MatchMaker- The game's matchmaking system that groups players together for battle. 

 MN - Marine Nationale (France).

 Mods - 1) Moderators - Forum moderators who maintain order in the forums.
 2) Modifications - 3rd party game modifications that alter the game in some way. Some are illegal. Legal mods are often bundled in such as WoWS' ModStation and   Aslain's Modpack.

 Mong Rush - Similar to Shoving, except with the bulk, if not the entirety, of your team's ships, all in one concentrated blob.

MvP - "Most Valuable Player"

MvR - Manfred Von Richtoffen 

 

 

N

 

 

Term                                                                   Definition

 Nerf - Decrease the effectiveness of a ship, a characteristic, or a mechanism.

 NS - "Nice Shot."

 NVM, nvm - "Never Mind."

 

 

O

 

 

Term                                                                                                 Definition

 o7, <o - A text emoji representing a salute, typically used as a sign of respect.

 [O7] Devastating Strike - A Hurricane league professional clan which is made up of highly skilled players located on NA server. Accomplishing achievements such as multiple #1   in KoTS (King of the Sea) events, WoWS tournaments, and also finished off #1 in Verizon tournament of 2020 Global.

 OBT - Open Beta Test -ing -er: An early period in the game's development, after CBT.

 OOR - "Out Of Range."

 OMW - "On My Way."

 One-shot - To destroy a healthy ship with a single salvo. May involve detonation.

 Op - Operation, syn. scenario, one of the choices in the Scenarios battle mode.

 OP - 1) Original Post -er in a forum thread.
 2) Overpowered - Said of a game vehicle or mechanism that is unfairly powerful.
 3) Over-Penetration.

 Open-Water Fighter - A ship who's gun arrangement or survivability is better suited for fighting in the open ocean, vs. using terrain.

 Ordnance - Generally, weapons. Usually, what is delivered by weapons: shells, torpedoes, bombs.

 Overmatch - A game mechanic in which large-caliber armor-piercing projectiles ignore thin armor on impact, regardless of angle. A shell overmatches a piece of armor if its   caliber exceeds 14.3x the armor's thickness. See this table.

 Overpen - Over-penetration: A shell hit that passes straight through a ship without doing significant damage. See penetration mechanism. Awards a hit ribbon.

 

 

P

 

 

Term                                                               Definition

 PA - Pan-Asia

 Paint Scraper - A torpedo that passes close enough to scrape paint from the hull.

 Pen / Penetration - When a shell passes the target's armor and explodes inside for significant damage.

 Perma fire - A fire on a ship that has recently used its Damage Control Party  consumable, meaning the fire will deal considerable damage. Sometimes applied to flooding.

 Pink, pinked - The result of a penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct: the player's IGN and ship icons are colored pink. 

 Poi - The infamous tic of an animé character. [1] The word has no meaning.

 Pop-es -ing - A consumable has been activated or used (Ex: "I just popped DFAA").

 Port - 1) Nautical term for the left side of the ship.
 2) A protected place to park the ship.

 Port Screen - The main screen of the World of Warships user interface.

 Potato- A poorly-skilled player. Not always pejorative.

 Preemptive launch - A salvo of torpedoes toward where an unseen target is predicted to go. Often used for area denial.

 Pressure - Attacking an enemy ship to achieve a desired outcome. That outcome includes but is not limited to; stopping a push, distraction, etc.

 Proximity Spotting - (sometimes Proxy Spot) Detecting an enemy by being within the assured detection range, which overrides all concealment. Detection.

 PQ - abbreviation for a twitch streamer Potato_Quality @Potato_Quality, the player is one of the best BB players in WoWS and also has his own YT channel with rich content.

 "Pulling a Notser" - Grounding the ship on an island, sometimes intentionally. Coined for WG-CC and YouTuber, Notser.

 Push - Moving closer to the enemy in an attempt to gain ground (or sea water) against them.

 PVE - Player vs. Environment; used to refer to Co-Op battles or Scenarios, where players fights game entities rather than other players.

 PVP - Player vs. Player; used to refer to Random, Ranked, and Clan battles, where players fights other players rather than game entities.

 

 

Q and R

 

 

Term                                                                                Definition

 Railgun - A semi-joking term used to describe guns with very good ballistic performance and penetration, esp. Russian.

 Ram - To perform an intentional collision with an enemy, usually resulting in the destruction of both ships. Can be an effective tactic.

 "Ramming Speed" - A term used by a player meaning that the players ship is on course and speed for a ram. (From a classic)

 Random Torp(s) - An unexpected encounter with torpedoes, though said torpedoes may not have been aimed at the encounterer. Too often, wayward torps from an ally.

 Rekt - Wrecked. Badly damaged or destroyed. "I pushed around the corner and got rekt."

 Reverse Push - Reversing toward the enemy in a way that all of your firepower can be used while also giving your ship a viable escape. A form of kiting.

 RL / RDF - Commander skill Radio Location, a.k.a. Radio Direction Finding.

 RM - Regia Marina (Italy)

 RN - Royal Navy

 RNG - Random Number Generator, the output of which controls many occurrences in World of Warships.

 RNGesus - The embodiment of RNG. Praying to him for good luck in battle has a 50% chance of not working against one.

 Rounds - Shells. Ammunition.

 Rudder - A large flat surface used for steering a ship to port and starboard, usually located beneath the stern and behind the propellers.

 Russian Bias - A term used ironically in reference to Russian/USSR ships being powerful.

 

 

S

 

 

Term                                                                              Definition

 Salt-y - What an angry player spews in chat.

 Screening - Advance ships scouting threats for larger ships. Sometimes, providing a smoke screen to help another ship break contact.

 Seal Clubbing - When a veteran player ventures into low tiers to fight inexperienced players — a controversial, if fun, practice.

 SeaRaptor - A certain skilled, lively, friendly WG-CC @SeaRaptor in WoWS. (About SeaRaptor: Joining the community in open beta, SeaRaptor00 also hails from . Having served his time herding kittens that just happen to look a lot like the other wiki staff, he is now semi-retired, though, as a self-appointed Apostle of the Church of Hindenburg, he still edits wiki pages.
When not sinking ships on behalf of the Kriegsmarine or mining the game client for images, he can occasionally be found on  Twitch casting competitive matches of World of Warships, such as King of the Sea. Also best friends with Lord_Zath, another well-loved WG-CC)

 Shadow - Following an allied or enemy ship using concealment to remain undetected.

 Shooting the bow - Passing close in front of another ship's bow.

 Shooting the Stern - Passing close behind another ship's stern.

 Shove - In competitive modes, a tactic involving a push up a flank, typically with cruisers.

 Sigma - A number representing the probability of a gun's shells falling close to the point of aim. The higher the more likely.

 Silver - Credits.

 Smoke Camping - Sitting still inside a smoke screen.

 Sniping - Typically, a battleship far from the heart of the engagement trying to hit enemy ships that are more than 15 - 20 km away. Not a popular tactic with teammates.

 Soft Cover - Something that obscures a ship from detection but does not protect from ordnance. Ex: smoke screens, weather.

 Spawn - Where on the map a ship or team starts a battle. "On X map we spawned in the NE corner."

 Spec-ed -  'fm. specialized' What a ship/captain is specialized for. "I'm spec'd for AA." (haet cv)

 Squat-ing  - Hold a position, undetected, early in a battle to exploit a hole in the enemy lines mid-game.

 ST - Super Tester, a player who has volunteered to assist Wargaming in testing the game, and thus has access to unreleased ships - but also agreed to a Non-Disclosure   Agreement about them, and cannot discuss them with non-ST players.

 Statpadder - Refers to someone who uses certain ship to inflate stats. Statpadder's stats may give a artificial picture of the player, making him seem better than he actually is.   Also see Seal Clubber

 Starboard / STBD - Facing forward toward the bow, the right side of the ship.

 Stats - Player statistics.

 Stealth torp - Launching torpedoes while undetected. (The best way to launch torps.)

 Stern - The rear of the ship. The propeller(s) and rudder are located under the stern.

 Strats - Battle strategy.

 Stream sniping - Following the Twitch Livestreams of Community Contributors in the hopes of ending up in the same match as them. The ultimate goal is to find and sink them.   Often considered poor sportsmanship.

 Superstructer - Structures on the deck of a ship.

 

 

T, U, and V

 

 

Term                                                                                  Definition

Teamkill, TK-ing -er - Destruction of an ally, resulting in penalties. See this article.

 Tech tree - The ships of a nation organized by type and tier. Higher tier ships are more powerful. A player progresses upward through the tiers.

 Tedster_ - A WG-CC (About: Tedster  is the other resident black cat, a wiki team member (and former lead wiki editor), and a supertest coordinator. He is a battleship player who   started during the 2nd wave of closed alpha in June 2014, and he is probably whining somewhere about the simplification of the game over the course of testing and release or   is making "back in the day" comments. When not attempting to citadel destroyers with whatever battleship is currently being tested, he plays artillery for the current top NA Clan   Wars clan in World of Tanks, while also spending way too much time playing Kantai Collection, or reading Friedman-level tomes for entertainment.)

 "That's a Paddlin" - Phrase used by WG-CC 'The Mighty Jingles' to describe the often poor results of thinly-armored ships presenting their sides to hostile battleships.

 Tomato - A pejorative term used to describe players who have poor win rate/PR statistics. The term is derived the the color coding used by stat-tracking websites and mods,     which display low or bad statistics in red.

 Torpedo belt / bulge - A specialised armor zone on the lower hull of a ship designed to mitigate torpedo damage.

 Torpedo Soup - A bunch of torpedoes churning up the sea.                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Torpedo Beat / Torpbeat - Skillfully maneuvering through torpedo soup without being rekt, especially to the sound of eighties European dance music.

 Torps / Torps out - Often, a chat warning to friendly ships that a ship has launched torpedoes behind friendly lines, and to take care to avoid them if possible.

 Turn-out - When a ship reaches a certain position on the map, putting itself at an angle where it can begin kiting once contact is made with enemy forces.

 TY - "Thank you"

 U2 - "You too."

 Unicum/Unicorn - 1) A highly skilled player, as evidenced by remarkable stats. 2) A name for one of the top players in the game, in terms of personal statistics. Usually refers to   Winrate   and/or PR Stats. From Latin ūnicus.

 USN - United States Navy

 VMF - Voenno-Morskoj Flot (USSR)

 

 

W

 

 

Term                                                                                                Definition

 Wall of Skill - A large wave of torpedoes, usually from a Japanese Torpedo Destroyer. Ironic.

 Wallet Warrior - A premium ship player. It can be used to describe players who buy a lot of premium ships, or pejoratively to describe inexperienced players who buy their way     into the higher tiers by using a premium ship.

 Warcanoe - Nickname for Tier V premium ship destroyer Okhotnik.

 WASD - The principle keys controlling the direction and speed of a ship in combat. Often used to refer to maneuvering to avoid damage. "I used WASD hacks to dodge that wall   of skill."

 Waterline - The perimeter area of the ship just above and below water.

 WG / Weegee - Wargaming.net.

 Weevee - Nickname for Tier VI premium ship West Virginia.

 Wide / Narrow spread - The choice of spread between torpedoes. Typically a narrow spread is preferred against a specific target. Wide spread is used for area denial or hunting   destroyers in smoke screens. (On some DDs the choice is between wide-ish and single-shot.)

 WITNESS ME - "I'm going for the ram!"

 WITNESSED - Acknowledging a successful ramming attempt.

 WoWs - World of Warships.

 WP - "Well-Played." An abbreviation for a sportsmanship term congratulating your teammates or enemy teammates for a "Well-Played" tactic, maneuver, or strategy.

 

 

X, Y, and Z

 

 

Term                                                                                      Definition

 XP - Experience, used to research (unlock) ships and modules.

 YOLO - "You Only Live Once" — the necessary battle cry to let the team know that the player who just typed it into chat is about to do something very brave or very dumb (suicide   charge).

 Zone-out - Using islands to prevent certain enemy ships from engaging your ship.

 Zoup - A WG-CC @NoZoupForYou known for his voice talent, and also for making content applicable to everyone. (About:  NoZoupForYou has been playing World of Warships since closed beta and has been making videos almost as long. His videos include everything from reviews and tutorials to satire and cinematics, providing something for everyone. Lighthearted and friendly, he’s pretty approachable. You can find his videos over at  YouTube and watch him stream every once in a blue moon on  Twitch. Look him up on  Twitter and  Facebook as well!)

One term for multiple cits against a ship is called "Clapping" or simply the ship was "clapped".  I've heard Twitch streamers use this term. This is different from DevStrike because the ship still survived when getting "clapped" (though, it gets deleted shortly thereafter).

Edited by Mustang2209

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