boat anchor1. Like doorstop but more severe; implies that the offending hardware is irreversibly dead or useless. "That was a working motherboard once. One lightning strike later, instant boat anchor!" 2. A person who just takes up space. 3. Obsolete but still working hardware, especially when used of an old S100-bus hobbyist system; originally a term of annoyance, but became more and more affectionate as the hardware became more and more obsolete. [Jargon File]
BOA ♦ boa ♦ board ♦ boat anchor ♦ Bob ♦ Bobo the Webmonkey ♦ BOCS ♦ Boehm B.
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