Meaning of Trajectory?

(15 Posts)
mumznet Sat 02-Jul-16 12:10:30

I heard my maanger use this word.....for example 'is this case in this years trajectory?'

another time she said by completing these cases we will meet trajectory for the month?

im not sure of the meaning of this wor...has anyone come across this word?

Run247 Sat 02-Jul-16 12:25:52

Usually if I don't understand a word, I ask the person what they mean. Or refer to Wikipedia.

Trajectory means "path".

ThePigeon314 Sat 02-Jul-16 15:36:51

Path, journey. Which route they take.

metimeisforwimps Sat 02-Jul-16 17:11:10

Agree with above, I think in the way your managers using it she might be referring to e.g. the trajectory of a graph? So while the graph has the path, the wider meaning might be meeting deadlines or targets.

Cliffdiver Sat 02-Jul-16 17:22:15

It means the path something follows.

DD1 (4) taught me the word from Blaze and The Monster Machines grin

MidnightVelvetthe5th Sat 02-Jul-16 17:30:16

To me it means in flight, so if you fire a cannon the cannon ball will follow a trajectory. As will an arrow or a trebuchet.

A trajectory at work can mean the way something is expected to go, such as a trajectory of sales or costs incurred. Its a plan of how something it supposed to increase or decrease as time goes on.

mumznet Sat 02-Jul-16 19:34:24

thank you for your replies. I never heard the word being used as in 'deadlines' but I suppose it makes sense

so am i right to say 'we met trajectory for the month'..... which means 'we completed required targets for the project'?

AliceInHinterland Sat 02-Jul-16 19:36:02

Does she mean projections? Sounds like a bit of a weird use of the word.

mumznet Sat 02-Jul-16 20:16:51

she meant trajectory...she even used it in emails to say .....doing this will help meet us meet trajectory

Doinmummy Sat 02-Jul-16 20:21:16

I wouldn't say 'meet trajectory' as the word to me means pathway or journey . You wouldn't say 'that's great we've met our pathway' but you would say 'that's great we've met our deadline /target'

RatherBeIndoors Sat 02-Jul-16 20:22:12

I don't think you can "meet" a trajectory as everyone else said it means "direction of travel/pathway". If you wanted to reply using it, since it's evidently her word of the week grin you could say "We matched the planned trajectory for the project, so met deadline X and delivered product Y on time"

MidnightVelvetthe5th Sat 02-Jul-16 20:22:19

I agree its a clumsy use of the word. Say you have decided to make a profit of £24k in one year. You would break that down into monthly amounts or targets of £2k per month. If you think of a graph then the line would be at 0 in January then would steadily climb to reach £24k by the following January. That's the trajectory & success is measured by whether you hit the £2k every month.

If this month you have exceeded £2k then yes you have met the trajectory smile

Doinmummy Sat 02-Jul-16 20:22:41

If you're not sure what a word means it's best not to use it as you can end up looking a plonker !

kimlo Sat 02-Jul-16 20:23:59

In my work the trajectory schema is throwing things or pushing things like cars in a straight line away from you.

I think shes got it wrong.

GetHappy Sat 23-Jul-16 00:06:44

In my line of work we do trajectories for budgets. For example for each financial year we would do a trajectory on how much we would spend on stationary for the year and break it down week by week or month by month. So if we stay in this "planned amount" we are meeting our trajectory

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