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This comprehensive Glossary has been designed to function as a glossary, an index and a cross reference by means of sorting features and a table of context index.

It attempts to include all of the many abbreviations, acronyms and terms that we may see in the various Waze communication mediums.

Some existed before Waze, while others were officially coined by Waze. Many evolved naturally within the various Waze communication mediums used by Wazers and staff alike. Regardless of origin, all are important to help understand Waze Speak!

Please carefully consider your use of the abbreviations and acronyms in your conversations, since they can be unfamiliar when not used in conjunction with other terms or without defining context.

Many terms apply globally, however, this glossary is North American English centric.

The descriptions within this Glossary attempt to merely resolve ambiguity of terms, and reference other Wiki pages, articles, and sections, along with other Waze and external sources. This intentional lack of description content helps avoid duplication of source content, and facilitates future maintenance when source content changes.

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Waze Glossary
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Glossary Term Abbreviation / Acronym Description Date Updated

Angle There are three different types of angles described in the Wiki:
Automatic Speech Recognition ASR The ability of a smart-device to translate a user's voice commands into actions on the device.

Big Green Sign BGS A large green sign is the US standard road signage for exits and other information.

Color Highlights CH or WMECH See the WME Color Highlights glossary term. (date)

Express Lane See HOV Lane - High Occupancy Vehicle glossary term. 2014-10-10

Federal Highway Administration FHWA The FHWA is a U.S. governmental agency that provides stewardship over the construction, maintenance and preservation of the Nation’s highways, bridges and tunnels.

It is a guiding resource for Waze editing.

See the FHWA website. Also see the MUTCD glossary term.


HOV Lane - High Occupancy Vehicle HOV A vehicle with 2 or more occupants. HOV Lanes, also known as Carpool Lanes and Transit Lanes, are lanes restricted for the use of cars carrying a specified number of occupants.

Also see Carpool lanes term for more information.


Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices MUTCD This defines the standards used by road managers nationwide to install and maintain traffic control devices on all public streets, highways, bikeways, and private roads open to public travel. The MUTCD is published by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) under 23 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 655, Subpart F.

The information from the standards in this document are used throughout Waze in the U.S. State by state variations of this standard are listed here on their website.

See the MUTCD FHWA website. Also see the Federal Highway Adminstration glossary term.


nanoRep A 3rd party website previously used by Waze for their Support system.

See [nanorep] Also see Waze Support


Pathfinder Depreciated Waze term.

See Wayfinder term.


Self Management SM (description)
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Also see Self Management in Wiki. Also see State Manager glossary term.

State Manager SM (description)
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Also see Self Management glossary term.


Transclude See Transclusion glossary term. 2014-10-31
Transclusion Transclusion is generally the inclusion of the content of a document into another document by reference. In a Wikipedia context, it is the use of the template functionality of MediaWiki to include the same content in multiple documents without having to edit those documents separately.

Also see Wikidedia Transclusion Article


Wayfinder WF or Wf Road segments designed to give instructions that Waze would otherwise not give to drivers. This is often done where the default instructions might confuse the driver, or fail to make a correct maneuver. Wayfinders almost always occur at a fork, and use short extra segments, differing road types, specially-named segments, or all three to accomplish their goals.

Wayfinders may be used for exit-only lanes, multiple road branches, turn instructions needed where exit ramps transition to local streets or other highways, or to avoid accidentally taking any of the above. It is a complex topic, and relies on in-depth understanding of Waze's standard rules for generating instructions. (The term Pathfinder has also been used and is depreciated.)

Also see the Junction Style Guide for more information.#top

wiki or Wiki The word "wiki" is Hawaiian for "to hurry", "quick", or "fast".

The Waze Wiki is a specialized wiki web application which allows people to add, modify, or delete content in collaboration with others. Within the context of Waze, when the word "wiki" is capitalized as "Wiki" it infers, the "Waze Wiki" as a proper noun.

WME Color Highlights WMECH or CH A browser extension script for WME.

See the ̼Community Plugins, Extensions and Tools Wiki page for more info.


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Many other non-Waze centric terms not included above may be found in various resources such as the Wiktionary - English Internet Slang.

© = Copyright Symbol Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices