Acronym Finder

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Acronym Finder is an online database of abbreviations (acronyms, initialisms, and others) and their meanings.[1] As of 2016 it includes over 900,000 human-edited and verified definitions, many of them related to computers, technology, telecommunications, science, medicine and the military. While the database is not open content, users can help to expand the database by submitting new definitions for review by editorial control.[2] The website identifies those contributing more than 50 definitions. Thanks to these contributors, up through March 2016, the site's database has grown at the rate of over 6,000 new definitions each month.[citation needed]

The associated Acronym Attic website[3] stores a large collection of unverified acronyms.

Acronym Finder also includes a Systematic Buzz Phrase Projector, a light-hearted tool that randomly generates jargon-like phrases and abbreviations — usually initialisms that would be unpronounceable as acronyms — and meanings from 30 cleverly chosen buzz words.

Mike Molloy founded the database in 1997,[2] although the work that became AcronymFinder actually began in 1985.[2] Molloy continues to develop it as of 2013.[4] As of 2016, it is published by Mountain Data Systems LLC. However, there has been no activity is adding additional additional acronyms since March 2016. According to the website, Mountain Data Systems has been voluntarily dissolved.


  1. ^ Compare: Tamara E. Holmes (Sep 5, 2000). "Sites serve up free software, alphabet soup (Abstract)". USA Today. Retrieved 2016-07-31. There also are a number of Web sites that relay the meaning behind common tech acronyms. Among them are [...] Acronym Finder [...]. 
  2. ^ a b c Barry Newman (January 13, 2007). "BTW, if you need Info About C4ISR, Read This ASAP". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Acronym Attic". Acronym Attic. Acronym Finder, Mountain Data Systems. 2016. Retrieved 2016-07-31. The preferred site for defining abbreviations is Acronym Finder. [...] The Acronym Attic is a collection of unreviewed abbreviations and meanings and could have errors, unverified terms, or offensive definitions. 
  4. ^ Subject. "About AcronymFinder". Acronym Finder. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 

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