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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

characters in the "Star Wars" sagas, 1977, apparently an invented word.


JEDI (Jupiter Energetic-particle Detector Instrument), is an instrument on the Juno spacecraft orbiting planet Jupiter. It is part of a suite of instruments to study the magnetosphere of Jupiter.

JEDI is designed to collect data on "energy, spectra, mass species (H, He, O, S), and angular distributions"; the plan is to study the energies and distribution of charged particles. It can detect them at between 30  keV and 1 GeV, whereas JADE, another instrument on the spacecraft, is designed to observe below 30 keV. One of the concepts being studied is that energy from Jupiter's rotation is being converted into its atmosphere and magnetosphere.

It is radiation hardened to collect in situ data on the planet's auroral magnetic field lines, the equatorial magnetosphere, and the polar ionosphere It was built by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL). One of the goals is to understand the aurora, and how particles are accelerated to such high speeds. One of the mysteries of Jupiter is that X-rays are emitted from the poles, but do not seem to come from the auroral ring.

Jedi (game engine)

Jedi is a game engine developed primarily by Ray Gresko for LucasArts. It is extremely similar to the Build engine used in Duke Nukem 3D. While not a true 3D engine, it supported a three-dimensional environment with no limitations in the 3rd dimension (Z). In Doom, environments or levels were limited to existing in the X-Y plane only — levels were laid out two-dimensionally: while floor and ceiling heights could differ, areas could not overlap vertically. The Jedi Engine had support for areas or rooms (called "sectors") on top of one another, a trait that it shared with the Build engine. In the Dark Forces revision of the engine, the renderer could not display two rooms situated on top of each other at the same time. This capability was added for Outlaws.

The Jedi Engine also included the ability to jump and crouch, the ability to look up and down, and atmospheric effects (achieved by careful manipulation of 256-color palette files). The engine is limited in its rendering capabilities, however, and used two-dimensional sprites (pre-rendered in different angles) for most of its object graphics.

The Jedi Engine's lifetime was short lived, being used in two titles, Star Wars: Dark Forces and Outlaws. The sequel to Dark Forces, Jedi Knight, used the Sith engine.

It was sometimes rumored that Jedi was a product of reverse-engineering the Doom engine to find out how to build their own. The large differences in the internal structure of the maps and the way elements such as textures are used make the claims somewhat suspect.

Jedi (disambiguation)

Jedi are the fictional adherents of the warrior discipline in Star Wars films.

Jedi may also refer to:

  • Jedi, abbreviation for the film Return of the Jedi
  • Jedi, adherent(s) of Jediism
  • Jedi (game engine), a game engine developed primarily by Ray Gresko for LucasArts
  • Jedi census phenomenon, a movement created in 2001 for people to record their religion as "Jedi" or "Jedi Knight" on the national census
  • JediMUD, a text-based online role-playing game
  • JEDI, instrument on the Juno spacecraft
  • JEDI (Joint Energy Development Investments), a joint venture between Enron and CalPERS
  • Jedi Knight, abbreviation for the videogame Star Wars: Jedi Knight
  • Project Jedi Joint Endeavour of Delphi Innovators

Usage examples of "jedi".

Jedi-killers during a supply stop, Luke had asked Han and Leia to pass Booster the coordinates of the new Jedi base at Eclipse and suggest that he resupply only from there.

House of Thul will gladly reimburse the Jedi for all detonators used on my behalf.

If this Clone War escalates the way Depa seems to think it will, it will be fought not by clones and Jedi and battle droids, but by ordinary people.

Though the living crystal he had stolen from the enemy base on Yavin 4 enabled him to sense Yuuzhan Vong - in a different, much hazier way than Jedi sensed most other beings - his perceptions at such distances were too weak to discern anything less than a massive concentration.

She said to tell you that the Jedi accept no responsibility for the hostages, and that any emissary you send with a similar threat will not be returned.

He will spare the Talfaglion hostages as long as the New Republic continues to turn over its Jedi.

The young Jedi ignites his glowing red laser sword and begins swinging.

The impostors flung more blorash jelly, capturing slaves and Jedi alike, turning the street into a tangle of confusion.

The Jedi huddled down in their armored jumpsuits, their blades tracing crackling color fans as they batted insects from the air.

Near them squatted Master Anakin, brooding and withdrawn, along with Master Luke, certainly no stranger to death, having lost both his natural and adoptive parents, as well as Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda, two of his Jedi mentors.

Her uncle Luke had told them how Obi-Wan Kenobi had used Jedi mind tricks to scramble the thoughts of weak-minded Imperials.

Half a dozen lightsabers snapped to life and hacked the brambles away, then the Jedi stumbled out the other side ripping thorn tangles from around their throats and legs.

Arcona newswoman explained that a member of their own species had participated in the daring Jedi rescue of the Talfaglion hostages.

Jedi Padawans learn to counter Force kinesis before they even begin lightsaber training.

The Jedi squadrons continued forward, relying on flying ability, danger sense, and shield weaving to twine their way through the fiery mesh.