To provide a problem so interesting and difficult that the target is compelled to cease whatever they are doing (eating, reading, walking) in order to think about it.

Most effective on math professors, science majors, and similar.

Term coined by Randall Munroe, author of the webcomic XKCD.
"I started thinking about the effective resistance of an infinite network of resistors, but then I realized I had self-nerd-sniped."

"My friend totally nerd-sniped me! He suggested this problem and next thing I knew I was late to class!"
by reesej2 April 29, 2010
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1. The act of presenting someone, often a mathematician/physicist with a time consuming problem or challenge (often impossible to solve or complete) in the hopes of it appealing to a person's obsessive tendencies.

2. Doing the thing above in a situation where the obsession may lead to bodily harm (in the original context on the middle of a road where they will get inevitably run-over by a truck).
1. The XKCD comic "Click and Drag" nerd sniped me! I never expected it to take so long to explore.

2. There's a certain type of brain that is easily disabled. If you show it an interesting problem it involuntarily drops everything else. This lead me to the development of a new sport: Nerd Sniping.
by willisbell September 23, 2012
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Nerd Sniping: The act of engaging a nerd in one of their areas of interest; that they become so occupied they are unaware of anything else

Nerd Sniped: The state of a nerd so deeply engaged in one of their areas of interest they are unaware of anything else.
I am Nerd Sniped! I like Nerd Sniping Sci-Fi Nerds.
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The act of presenting an interesting problem to a certain type of nerd, usually a physicist or a mathematician, while he/she is crossing the road, in such a manner that he/she becomes so occupied with it that he/she is soon run over.

First defined on xkcd.
"There's a certain type of brain that's easily disabled. If you show it an interesting problem, it involuntary drops everything else to work on it. This has led to me to evolve a new sport: Nerd Sniping."
by Volland December 12, 2007
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A sport based on the use of difficult problems to stump and/or stop nerds in their tracks.
I put problems from the GLAT on poster board to have some fun nerd sniping. Man, is it easy!
by IMReader December 18, 2007
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A way for a nerd to kill without bullets.
The nerd posted up with a different kind of deadly ammo, he/she nerd sniped anybody that he/she aimed his/her nerd sniping at.
by Solid Mantis May 21, 2020
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