1. (transitive) Abbreviation of "frobnicate". To tweak or fiddle around with the physical element(s) of some technology, typically in a random, aimless, or silly way.
-While tweaking something tends to imply smaller/finer adjustments, frobbing something generally suggests larger more erratic movements.
2. To perform a task (especially a technological one) that is clear to the speaker but too complex or tedious to be explained, so that outside help is not helpful.
1. Abbreviation of "frobnitz". Slang for "widget", "gizmo", or "thing"; generally (but not exclusively) used in contexts related to technology.
Originates (circa 1959) from from the Tech Model Railroad Club (TMRC) at MIT; coining often attributed to David R. Sawyer.
See also: "foo", "mung".
(Verb, 1) "To make a new sound, I just frob the buttons and nobs on my synthesizer until I get a noise that I like."
(Verb, 2) "Why don't you go grab lunch? I need to frob the turboencabulator for about another hour to get it working smoothly."
(Noun, 1) "I found this frob on the floor in the computer room, any idea what it goes to?"