Due to the length and/or complexity of some of the names in Nova, many abbreviations and acronyms have been created to reduce typing time. Some users do not understand these when first interacting with the community, but generally only specific things are abbreviated to prevent confusion.
- Chaingun: Usually Hail Chaingun, though occasionally refers to Storm Chaingun
- CPL: Capacitor Pulse Laser
- CTC: Colosseum
- EV, EVC: Escape Velocity or Escape Velocity Classic
- EVN: Escape Velocity Nova
- EVO: Escape Velocity Override
- Fed: Federation
- FPB: Fusion Pulse Battery
- FPC: Fusion Pulse Cannon
- FPT: Fusion Pulse Turret
- Fr. Trad: Free Traders
- HBT: Heavy Blaster Turret
- LBT: Light Blaster Turret
- MC: Mission Computer
- MBT: Medium Blaster Turret
- Mod SB, MSB: Modified Starbridge "MSB" sometimes has a variant tacked on the end, such as MSBD for Modified Starbridge Class D. Additionally, the "SB" in "Mod SB" is also sometimes replaced with a variant, such as Mod E for the Class E.
- Pir: Pirates
- Pol: Polaris
- PP: Plug Pack. Nearly always has the version number after it, either as PP16, PPv17, or PPV18.
- PSB: Pirate Starbridge Sometimes has a variant tacked on the end, such as "PSBD" for Pirate Starbridge Class D.
- PV: Pirate Valkyrie Almost always seen with the variant tacked on the end, usually as "PVIV" in reference to the Class IV.
- RSB: Rebel Starbridge Sometimes has a variant tacked on the end, such as "RSBE", which is Rebel Starbridge Class E.
- RV: Rebel Valkyrie Almost always seen with the variant tacked on the end, usually as "RVV" in reference to the Class V.
- SB: Starbridge Sometimes has the variant tacked on the end, such as SBC, which is Starbridge Class C.
- Storm/Storms: Storm Chaingun
- TC: Total Conversion
- T-Forge: Thunderforge
- T-Head: Thunderhead Sometimes also for Thunderhead Lances, as in T-Head Lance.
- TTC: Teacup TC
- Valk: Valkyrie