The Ultimate Web3 Glossary
The Dibbs Team
Nov 2, 2022
26 min read

The Ultimate Web3 Glossary

The Ultimate Web3 Glossary

Especially in this rapidly growing industry, we don’t want you left behind. Below is a comprehensive list of Web3-related jargon and their definitions that crypto bros and fintech fiends have created that you should know to make Web3 as easy to understand as A-B-C.



Airdrop (noun, verb) a marketing technique in which crypto projects send their native tokens directly to the wallets of their users in an effort to increase awareness and adoption.

Alpha (noun) valuable or insider information, usually regarding the value of digital assets like cryptocurrencies and NFTs; a measure of the return on an investment over and above the return offered by the market or other benchmark.

Altcoin (noun) initially used to refer to any cryptocurrency that wasn’t Bitcoin, altcoin may now refer to any new cryptocurrency with a relatively small market cap.

Alts (noun) short for altcoins.

Ape (noun, verb) someone who invests heavily into a cryptocurrency or stock, or the act of doing so. This is sometimes a reaction to hype and FOMO, or done without much knowledge of the asset. It should be noted, though, that this is generally a self-assigned term and does not carry a negative connotation. Is it a Planet of the Apes reference? Maybe a reference to the sheer physical strength of apes? The origins are a bit blurry, but one thing is certain — apes together strong.

Anti-Money Laundering (AML) (noun) the activities financial institutions perform to achieve compliance with legal requirements to actively monitor for and report suspicious activities. See also: KYC

All Time High (ATH) (noun) the highest price an asset has ever had.

All Time Low (ATL) (noun) the lowest price an asset has ever had.


Bear Market (noun) a prolonged period of decline in a financial market.

Bearish (adjective) similar to a bear market, this refers to holding a pessimistic view of a market or asset’s value. If you are bearish on a certain cryptocurrency, you believe its value will decrease over time. Those who are bearish may be referred to as bears, sometimes purposely misspelled as beras

Bitcoin (noun) the very first decentralized, peer-to-peer, digital currency, created by the pseudonymous Satoshi Nakamoto in 2009.

Block (noun) a batch of transactions written to the blockchain. Every block contains information about the previous block, thus, chaining them together.

Blockchain (noun) a publicly-accessible digital ledger used to store and transfer information without the need for a central authority. Blockchains are the core technology on which cryptocurrency protocols like Bitcoin and Ethereum are built.

Blockchain Domains (noun) See: NFT Domains

Block Explorer (noun) a tool for browsing information on a blockchain, such as transactions, wallet addresses, market caps, and hash rates.

Blue Chip NFT (noun) projects that are expected to be stable in terms of value and profitable in the long term

Bridge (noun) a protocol allowing separate blockchains to interact with one another, enabling the transfer of data, tokens, and other information between systems.

Buidl (verb)(verb) meaning “build,” a common intentional misspelling used in crypto circles in reference to the term HODL

Bull Market (noun) a period where market prices are rising.

Bullish (adjective) similar to a bull market, this refers to holding an optimistic view that a market or asset will rise in price. If you are bullish on Bitcoin, you believe that its value will continue to rise over time.

Burn (verb) the process of removing tokens from a cryptocurrency’s circulating supply, usually done by sending them to an inaccessible wallet address. Other digital assets, such as NFTs, can also be burned via the same process.


Centralized (adjective) a hierarchical structure in which authority and control are concentrated within a small group of decision makers.

Centralized Exchange (CEX) (noun) a cryptocurrency exchange managed by a centralized business or entity. i.e., Coinbase, Gemini, Kraken

Centralized Finance (CeFi) (noun) centralized businesses that participate in crypto. i.e., BlockFi, DCG, Grayscale

Coin (noun) a cryptocurrency built on its own native blockchain, intended to be used as a store of value and medium of exchange within that ecosystem. i.e., BTC, ETH

Collateral (noun) any asset accepted as security for a loan, such as a physical asset like real estate, or a digital asset like an NFT.

Cold Wallet (noun) an offline device used to store cryptocurrencies. Cold wallets can be hardware devices or simply sheets of paper containing a user’s private keys. Because cold wallets are not connected to the internet, they are generally a safer method of storing cryptocurrencies. See also: hot wallet (antonym)

Consensus (noun) the state of agreement amongst the nodes on a blockchain. Reaching consensus is necessary for new transactions to be verified and new blocks to be added to the blockchain.

Consensus Mechanism (noun) a fault-tolerant mechanism that is used in computer and blockchain systems to achieve the necessary agreement on a single data value or a single state of the network among distributed processes or multi-agent systems, such as with cryptocurrencies. See: Proof of Work, Proof of Stake

Cryptocurrency (Crypto) (noun) a digital asset designed to be used as a medium of exchange. Cryptocurrencies are borderless, secure, and maintained by blockchains as opposed to centralized banks or governments. Has nothing to do with the on-camera puppet host of Tales From the Crypt.


Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO) (noun) an organization based on open-source code and governed by its users. DAOs typically focus on a specific project or mission and trade the traditional hierarchical systems of legacy corporations for guidelines written on the blockchain.

Decentralized Application (Dapp) (noun) an application built on open-source code that lives on the blockchain. Dapps exist independent of centralized groups or figures and often incentivize users to maintain them through rewarded tokens.

Data (noun) in the context of the internet, data refers to a user’s personal information, such as name, age, location, interests, browsing history, device usage, purchasing habits, etc. Web3 aims to protect this personal data and give ownership of it back to the user.

Due Diligence (DD) (noun) the process of conducting your own research on a cryptocurrency, stock, or other asset before investing. Doing your own DD is essential, as opposed to making an investment based on what someone else says or does.

Decentralized (adjective) a system that operates without the control of a central figure or authority, and replaces it with a distributed peer-to-peer network.

Degen (noun, adjective) initially short for “degenerate gambler.” While this still refers to individuals involved with risky bets, degen may also refer more broadly to anyone involved in crypto and financial spaces. Like with “ape,” this is generally a self-assigned term and does not carry a negative connotation. Degens are a proud people who enjoy ridiculous call options on GME, buying the dip before paying their rent, and occasionally aping into shitcoins.

Decentralized Finance (DeFi) (noun) the ecosystem of borderless, trustless, peer-to-peer financial tools being built on public blockchains without the use of banks. DeFi apps are built to be open and interconnected, allowing them to be used in conjunction with one another.

Decentralized Exchange (DEX) (noun) a peer-to-peer cryptocurrency exchange built on the blockchain. A DEX is run by its users and smart contracts instead of an intermediary figure or centralized institution. i.e., Uniswap, 1inch, Sushiswap

Department of Financial Services (DFS) (noun) department of the New York state government responsible for regulating financial services and products, including those subject to the New York insurance, banking and financial services laws.

Diamond Hands (noun, adjective) a term implying that you are extremely bullish on a certain asset, and have no plans to sell regardless of market volatility, FUD, or extreme drops in price. Someone who holds onto a cryptocurrency or stock as it drops 40% in a day is said to have diamond hands. See also: paper hands (antonym)

Difficulty (adjective) the level of computing power needed to verify transactions and mine blocks on a proof-of-work blockchain.

Difficulty Bomb (noun) the process of increasing the difficulty of a proof-of-work blockchain in order to motivate the transition to another consensus algorithm (such as proof-of-stake in the case of Ethereum).

Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) (noun) storage of all information in a secure and accurate manner using cryptography. Not to be confused with the recreational psychedelic drug, DMT.

Do Your Own Research (DYOR) similar to DD, this phrase is used to remind people to conduct their own investigation into an asset before investing in it. This is like saying “I don’t know, though” after giving your friend advice so that you avoid taking responsibility.


Ethereum Improvement Proposal (EIP) (noun) a standard format for presenting a new feature or process to the Ethereum community.

Ethereum Request for Comments (ERC) (noun) the standard smart contract outline on which Ethereum-based smart contracts are built.

ERC-20 (noun) the Ethereum token standard, providing a standardized smart contract structure for fungible tokens.

ERC-721 (noun) an Ethereum token standard that allows for the formation of unique tokens, otherwise known as NFTs, or non-fungible tokens. Unlike the ERC-20 standard, ERC-721 tokens have specific properties that allow each to be uniquely identified and valued independently of one another.

ERC-1155 (noun) an Ethereum token standard which allows for fungible, non-fungible, and semi-fungible tokens to be managed by a single smart contract simultaneously. These are commonly used in gaming and collectible trading to reduce the number of necessary transactions.

Ethereum (ETH) (noun) a public blockchain serving as the foundation for decentralized applications. Ethereum is a turing complete language, allowing for users to write and deploy complex, self-executing smart contracts which live on the blockchain.

Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) (noun) a virtual component that is contained in every Ethereum node and is able to execute bytecode for contracts. Smart contracts are usually written in high-level languages like Solidity and are then converted into EVM bytecode. See also: Solidity


Few (adjective) short for “Few understand”. A rallying cry that crypto folks are still early in this space and will make a lot of money when mass adoption comes.

Fiat (noun) a currency established as legal tender, often backed and regulated by a government, such as the US Dollar.

Flippening (noun) a reference to the possible event of Ethereum becoming more valuable than Bitcoin, in terms of market cap. DISCLAIMER: Please do not mention the flippening to Bitcoin maxis. They will not think it is funny, and they will proceed to explain why Ethereum is a shitcoin.

Fear Of Missing Out (FOMO) (noun) a feeling of anxiety, stemming from missing out on an opportunity. In investing, this usually coincides with investors buying an asset after it has already seen a considerable increase in price, hoping to get in and out before a pullback occurs. This is known as “FOMOing in” or “aping in.”

Fork (noun, verb) a change to a blockchain’s protocol. When these changes are minor, this results in a soft fork. When the changes are more fundamental, this may result in a hard fork, leading to the formation of a separate chain with different rules. See also: hard-fork, soft-fork

Fractionalize (verb) the process of locking an NFT into a smart contract, and then dividing it into smaller parts which are issued as fungible tokens. This lowers the price of ownership and allows artwork and other digital assets to be owned by a community.

Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt (FUD) (noun) news around an asset that seems negative, but turns out to be false or blown out of proportion.

Full Node (noun) a blockchain node which stores the blockchain’s complete history, as well as verifies and relays transactions. See also: node, light node, master node

Fungible (adjective) interchangeable; exchangeable with something else of the same kind. See also: non-fungible (antonym)


Gas (noun) a fee paid by a user to conduct a transaction or execute a smart contract on the Ethereum blockchain. This fee is dependent upon the transaction’s complexity as well as the current demand on the network. See also: gwei

Genesis Block (noun) the very first block of a blockchain network.

Good Morning (gm) simply meaning “good morning,” gm is a common greeting used in crypto circles and their respective Discord servers.

Gonna Make It (GMI) short for “gonna make it.” This term is frequently thrown around on Twitter to voice support for a project or person. See also: NGMI (antonym)

Gwei (noun) a denomination of ether used as the unit of measure for Ethereum gas prices. 10^9 gwei = 1 ether. See also: gas, wei


Hard Fork (noun, verb) a fundamental change to a blockchain that is not compatible with the existing protocol, requiring the formation of a new chain. i.e., Bitcoin vs. Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum vs. Ethereum Classic

Hashing (verb) the process of taking an input of any size and producing a corresponding fingerprint of a fixed-length. Hashing allows a set of data to be secured, stored, and recalled using a unique identifier code. This is the backbone of blockchain technology, allowing data and transactions to be verified and stored in a secure manner. See also: SHA-256, txn hash

Hash Rate (noun) also referred to as hash power, this is the rate at which a computer can generate guesses to a cryptographic puzzle. Hash rate can also refer to the overall power being used by the entire network on a proof of work blockchain.

Have Fun Staying Poor (HFSP) a phrase commonly aimed at individuals who do not own any cryptocurrencies, or don’t believe in the value of a certain asset.

Hold On For Dear Life (HODL) an expression meaning “hold” and frequently taken to be an acronym for Hold On for Dear Life. This term actually began its life as a typo on an old forum,, where user GameKyuuby explained that he was “HODLING” his bitcoin as the price dropped. The misspelling quickly caught on and is still used today.

Holding the bag this is the unfortunate position you find yourself in when an asset you own quickly drops in value but you do not sell. You are thus left holding a bag of worthless coins or stocks. Those who end up in this position are referred to, unsurprisingly, as bagholders.

Hot wallet (noun) a wallet that is always connected to the internet; they allow you to store, send, and receive tokens. Hot wallets are linked with public and private keys that help facilitate transactions and act as security measures. See also: cold wallet


Initial Coin Offering (ICO) (noun) the selling of tokens to the public in order to raise capital for a crypto-based project. ICOs are a crowdfunding approach, similar to a traditional company’s IPO.

Initial Exchange Offering (IEO) (noun) similar to an initial coin offering, or ICO, an initial exchange offering is a method of selling tokens to raise capital, but with increased regulation. Unlike an ICO, which sells new tokens directly to the public, an IEO is managed by an existing cryptocurrency exchange. By working with a known and trusted exchange, IEOs seek to make the ICO process more secure.


Key (noun) See public key, private key

Know Your Customer (KYC) (noun) guidelines in financial services require that professionals make an effort to verify the identity, suitability, and risks involved with maintaining a business relationship. The procedures fit within the broader scope of a bank's anti-money laundering (AML) policy. See also: AML


Lambo (noun) short for Lamborghini. The ability to purchase Lambo is a goalpost for success, used in a myriad of phrases in the crypto and degen spaces. For instance “wen Lambo?” roughly translates to “I just purchased $43 worth of Dogecoin. When will the value of said investment increase enough to enable the purchase of a Lamborghini?”

Layer 1 (L1) (noun) this is the blockchain platform itself, also referred to as the base layer, mainchain, or mainnet. i.e., Bitcoin, Ethereum, Cardano, Litecoin, Solana, Polkadot

Layer 2 (L2) (noun) protocols, also referred to as solutions, built on top of a layer 1 blockchain and commonly used to improve scalability, privacy, and add cross-chain communication. Unlike sidechains, which use their own consensus mechanisms, layer 2 solutions are secured by their underlying mainchain. i.e., Lightning Network, Optimism, Arbitrum

Lazy minting (noun) when an NFT is available off-chain and only gets minted once a sale takes place. This means that the artist does not have to pay any upfront gas fees to mint their NFTs, essentially paying the fees only once the token is purchased. See also: gas, minting

Light Node (noun) a blockchain node that downloads just enough data from the blockchain in order to process and verify transactions. Unlike full or master nodes, light nodes do not store a blockchain’s complete history.

Liquidity (adjective) a measure of how easily an asset can be bought, sold, or traded in a given market or on an exchange.

Liquidity Pool (noun) a collection of user-provided funds locked into a smart contract to facilitate trading on a DeFi platform. On decentralized exchanges and lending protocols liquidity must be provided by the users, as there is no central bank or figure to do so.


Mainnet (noun) short for main network, this is a main layer 1 blockchain, as opposed to a testnet or layer 2 solution. See also: L1, testnet (antonym)

Market Cap (noun) the total value of an asset based on its current market price. A cryptocurrency’s market cap is found by multiplying the price of a single coin by its circulating supply.

Master Node (noun) a blockchain node that verifies and relays transactions, stores the blockchain’s complete history, and may participate in voting, governance of the blockchain, and other special operations. Master nodes generally operate on a collateral based system, similar to a Proof-of-Stake protocol. See also: node, full node, light node

The Merge (noun) the first of the five developmental phases of Ethereum, as named by Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin. The Merge will involve the “merging” of Ethereum’s current blockchain (the execution layer) with the Beacon Chain (the consensus layer). In other words, it will transition Ethereum’s consensus mechanism from proof of work to proof of stake. Read more on the five phases.

Metaverse (noun) a theoretical or emergent networked online space with digitally persistent environments that people inhabit, as avatars, for synchronous interactions and experiences, accessing the shared virtual space through virtual reality, augmented reality, game consoles, mobile devices, or conventional computers.

Mining (verb) in a Proof of Work system, this is the process of verifying transactions, organizing them into blocks, and then adding blocks to the blockchain. Participants who perform this process are called miners.

Minting (verb) the process of validating information, such as domain ownership, and registering that onto the blockchain.

To the moon! this phrase implies that the value of an asset will go so high that it will reach the literal moon. This is used by shills, bulls, and during a bull market, essentially everyone. Another form of this is “wen moon?” This is used to express one’s impatience with an asset which is not increasing in value as quickly as they had hoped. See also: Lambo

Moonboy (noun) a term for social media “financial experts” and YouTubers who are overly optimistic and constantly explaining how a given asset is “about to go to the moon!” See also: shill


Non-fungible token (NFT) (noun) a digital certificate of authenticity used to assign and verify ownership of a unique digital or physical asset. Unlike fungible tokens, NFTs are not interchangeable with one another. See also: ERC-721, non-fungible

NFT Domains (noun) domain names minted on the blockchain which allow people to govern their own data, set their Web3 username, take control of their digital worlds, and harness the power of the internet.

Not Gonna Make It (NGMI) short for “not gonna make it.” This is used to imply that a certain project or asset has a low chance of becoming valuable. This can also be directed at an individual, usually someone who had made a poor trade or investment.

Nocoiner (noun) a term used to describe someone who does not hold any cryptocurrencies, or who is generally unfamiliar with crypto.

Node (noun) any device connected to a blockchain network. Different nodes have varying levels of responsibility, and may help validate transactions, store the blockchain’s history, relay data, and perform other functions. Because blockchains are distributed peer-to-peer networks, nodes come together to create the network’s infrastructure. See also: full node, light node, master node

Non-fungible (adjective) unique; not interchangeable. See also: NFT


Oracle (noun) a service supplying smart contracts with data from the outside world. Smart contracts are unable to access data that exists off-chain, so they rely on oracles to retrieve, verify, and provide external information. i.e., Chainlink, Band Protocol


Peer-to-Peer (P2P) (adjective) a distributed network of two or more computers which interact directly without a central server or entity.

Paper Hands (noun, adjective) a term used to describe someone who sold a cryptocurrency or stock as its price was falling, usually for a loss. Someone with paper hands is said to be weak and unable to stomach market volatility.

Phygital (adjective) the concept of using technology to bridge the digital world with the physical world with the purpose of providing a unique interactive experiences for the user.

Profile Picture (PFP) (noun) profile picture, usually referring to one of an NFT

Pilled (verb) See: red pilled

Private Key (noun) an alphanumeric passcode required to withdraw assets from a blockchain wallet and authorize digital transactions. Because these private keys are long and difficult to memorize, wallets will generally associate them with a seed or recovery phrase that is easier to remember. See also: public key, seed phrase

Potentially Promising first used by Elon Musk to refer to planned upgrades to Dogecoin. Referring to something as being potentially promising quickly caught on, being used both sarcastically and in a serious manner, albeit tongue-in-cheek.

Proof of Stake (Pos) (noun) a consensus mechanism that requires nodes, called validators, to stake a set amount of cryptocurrency on the blockchain in order to verify transactions and mint blocks. If a validator approves fraudulent transactions, then a portion of their stake will be slashed. Not to be confused with POS, piece of sh*t. See also: slash

Proof of Work (PoW) (noun) a consensus mechanism that requires miners to complete complex mathematical puzzles in order to verify transactions and mint blocks. When a miner correctly solves a puzzle, they gain access to mint the next block and receive the corresponding block reward and transaction fees. See also: miners

Protocol (noun) the foundational software layer of a program. Protocol has become a general term used to refer to both layer 1 blockchain networks and the layer 2 applications built on top of them — Bitcoin, Ethereum, Uniswap, and Lightning Network can all be considered protocols.

Public Key (noun) uses to point to your wallet address, this is an alphanumeric code that serves as the address for a blockchain wallet, similar to a bank account number. Other users can send digital assets to your wallet via your public key, but only you can access your wallet’s contents by using the corresponding private key. See also: wallet address, private key

Pump and dump (noun, verb) a scheme where a cryptocurrency or other asset is hyped up, leading many to buy into it, raising its price. Those who did the hyping then sell their holdings of the asset as the price rises for a short period of time. This then leads to a sharp selloff where anyone who did not sell suffers a loss. See also: holding the bag, rekt, rug pull


Red Pilled (adjective, verb) cause someone to have their perspective dramatically transformed, especially by introducing them to a new and typically disturbing understanding of the true nature of a particular situation; represents an uncertain future.

Rekt (adjective, verb) as in “wrecked,” used to express that one has suffered a huge loss.

Real Estate Exchange (REX) (noun) a real estate brokerage that eliminates buyers agent fees. Not to be confused with one of the best represented theropods, the species Tyrannosaurus rex (rex meaning "king" in Latin), often called T. rex or colloquially T-Rex.

Rug pull (noun, verb) a scam maneuver where a crypto project takes the funds that have been invested into its protocol and runs. An inside job pump-and-dump, if you will. A rug pull can also occur in assets with highly centralized ownership. If someone is able to sell a large portion of the circulating supply at once, this rapidly increases the supply, which can cause the price of the asset to plummet.

Rollup (noun) a scaling solution that aims to improve transaction throughput and decrease fees by batching multiple transactions off-chain and then submitting them to the main chain as a single transaction. i.e., Optimism, ZK, Arbitrum


Satoshis (Sats) (noun) the smallest denomination of BTC, equal to 0.00000001 bitcoin. Satoshis are named after Bitcoin’s pseudonymous creator, Satoshi Nakamoto. Not to be confused with the SATs, Scholastic Aptitude/Assessment Test.

Scalability (adjective) a protocol’s capacity to handle higher demand and increase transaction throughput as the network grows.

Seed Phrase (noun) a string of words used as a master password to access a crypto wallet. Because a single wallet can contain multiple accounts, all with their own private keys, a seed phrase makes it easy to access them all with the same password.

Ser (noun) meaning “sir,” a common intentional misspelling used in crypto circles

SHA-256 (noun) SHA stands for Secure Hashing Algorithm, a set of cryptographic hashing functions designed by the NSA. Essentially, SHA-256 takes an input of data and generates a long sequence of letters and numbers, called a hash. This hash is then used as a secure placeholder for the data it represents. See also: hashing

Sharding (verb) a method of separating a network’s nodes out into smaller groups (shards) in an attempt to increase scalability. These shards are then able to reach consensus on behalf of the entire network, removing the need for every node to process every transaction.

Shill (verb, noun) the act of heavily promoting a cryptocurrency, stock, or other asset in an effort to increase adoption and, in turn, raise its price. This is usually done via spamming on social media, and generally carries a negative connotation. A person who performs the act of shilling may also be referred to as a shill.

Sh*tcoin (noun) a cryptocurrency with weak fundamentals and little to no use case.

Sidechain (noun) a parallel blockchain used to offload transactions from the main chain in order to increase scalability or add other functionality. Sidechains are connected to their main chain, or parent chain, via a two-way link which allows data and assets to be seamlessly transferred. i.e., Matic, Dai

Slashing (verb) the process of burning or redistributing a validator’s staked cryptocurrency as punishment for approving fraudulent charges or otherwise endangering the network.

Slippage (noun, adjective) the price of a cryptocurrency may change between the time an order is placed and the time that order is ultimately filled. Slippage is the difference between a cryptocurrency’s quoted price and the price that a trade actually executes at.

Smart Contract (noun) self-executing code deployed on a blockchain. Smart contracts allow transactions to be made without an intermediary figure and without the parties involved having to trust one another.

Soft Fork (noun, verb) a backwards compatible update to a blockchain. Unlike a hard fork, these changes do not require the creation of a separate chain. See also: fork, hard fork

Solidity (noun) the native programming language of Ethereum, mainly used to write smart contracts. See also: EVM

Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) (noun) a subsidiary company that is formed to undertake a specific business purpose or activity.

Stablecoin (noun) a token with its value pegged to another asset. Stablecoins are usually backed by a fiat currency, like the US dollar, but can also be pegged to physical assets like precious metals, or even other cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. i.e., USDT, Dai, USDC


Tokenization-as-a-Service (TaaS) (noun) digitizing ownership of real-world assets into security tokens.

Testnet (noun) a software environment that mimics a mainnet blockchain, used to test network upgrades and smart contracts before deploying them to the mainnet.

Top Level Domain (TLD) (noun) the last segment of a domain name, or the part that follows immediately after the "dot" symbol. i.e., .crypto, .nft, .x

Token (noun) unlike a coin, a token is a digital asset created on an existing blockchain. Tokens can be used to represent digital and physical assets, or used to interact with dapps. i.e., LINK, UNI, AAVE

Token gating (noun, verb) a path for Web3 companies to monetize their content and provide access to their goods through the use of digital tokens. Think of token gating as Web3's equivalent to a subscription-based model in Web2.

Transactions per second (TPS) (noun) the number of transactions that a blockchain can handle per second, used as a benchmark to measure its computational power.

Transaction (noun) data written to a blockchain. New transactions are verified by nodes on the network and then broadcasted to other nodes. Once enough nodes have verified the transaction, it is considered valid and added to a block.

Total Value Locked (TVL) (noun) a measure of the assets locked into an dapp’s smart contract, usually expressed in USD.

Txn Hash (noun) short for transaction hash, or transaction ID. This is a unique identifier used to represent a specific transaction, written as a long string of letters and numbers. By pasting a txn hash into a block explorer like Etherscan, you can find the details of the transaction it represents. See also: hashing, SHA-256


Ultrasound Money (noun) a rebuttal against the argument that Bitcoin is “sound money” or the “hardest form of currency” by saying that Ethereum post-EIP 1559 and post-ETH2 merge will be more sound than Bitcoin.

Up Only a tongue-in-cheek saying, implying that a cryptocurrency or other asset can only increase in value. This is used to voice one’s bullish stance on an asset, although it may also be used sarcastically.

U.S. Dollar Coin (USDC) (noun) a digital stablecoin that was pegged to the United States dollar. USD Coin is managed by a consortium called Centre, which was founded by Circle and includes members from the cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase and Bitcoin mining company Bitmain, an investor in Circle.

Utility (noun) purpose, digital or real-world benefit for token owners. 


Vaporware (noun) a product or project that is announced and marketed but never actually materializes.


We're All Gonna Make It (WAGMI) a common saying in crypto and trading circles signaling camaraderie and a positive outlook. See also: GMI, NGMI

Wallet (noun) a software application or hardware device used to store the private keys to blockchain assets and accounts. Unlike a traditional wallet, a blockchain wallet does not actually store the coins or tokens themselves. Instead, they store the private key that proves ownership of a given digital asset. i.e., Metamask, Coinbase Wallet, Ledger, Trezor

Wallet Address (noun) also known as a public key, this is an alphanumeric code that serves as the address for a blockchain wallet, similar to a bank account number. Other users can send digital assets to your wallet via your public key, but only you can access your wallet’s contents by using the corresponding private key.

Web1 (Web 1.0) (noun, adjective) the first iteration of the web, commonly referred to as the “read-only web.” Web1 was characterized by static websites that displayed information. There was little to no user interaction or user-generated content.

Web2 (Web 2.0) (noun, adjective) starting in the 90s, the “read-write web” is characterized by user-generated content and improved user interfaces. This led to the creation of blogs and social media platforms, as well as sites like Wikipedia and YouTube. Web2 placed more emphasis on user experience and interoperability between different applications and websites, giving us the vast network of connected websites and resources that we are familiar with today.

Web3 (Web 3.0) (noun, adjective) the next iteration of the web being ushered in as we speak, which leverages blockchain technology, open-source applications, and the decentralization of data and information. Web3 aims to remove control of the web from monopolistic tech companies, and return ownership of data and content to its users. Also referred to as the “read-write-trust web.”

Web5 (Web 5.0) (noun, adjective) TBD, the Bitcoin arm of Block, is working on a potentially revolutionary technology will be designed to allow users to take control of their own data rather than giving it away to third parties; built on top of Bitcoin and will not require any other tokens to function. Read more on Web5.

Wei (noun) the smallest denomination of ether, named after cypherpunk and cryptocurrency pioneer, Wei Dai. 10^18 gwei = 1 ether.

The Whitepaper a guide to the blockchain technology that is transforming our lives written by Satoshi Nakamoto, the elusive creator of Bitcoin.


You Only Live Once (YOLO) investing too much money into a single asset; making a generally risky bet.


51% Attack (noun) an attack in which a single entity or organization gains control of over half of the nodes or mining power on a network. This then allows the entity to disrupt the network by excluding certain transactions, double spending cryptocurrency, and performing other malicious acts.

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