noun \ˈstī-ləs\

: a very small, pointed piece of metal that touches a record and produces sound when the record is played

: a tool used long ago for writing on clay or wax tablets

: a small tool that is used to write or touch buttons on a computer

plural sty·li \ˈstī(-ə)-ˌlī\ also sty·lus·es \ˈstī-lə-səz\

Full Definition of STYLUS

:  an instrument for writing, marking, or incising: as
a :  an instrument used by the ancients in writing on clay or waxed tablets
b :  a hard-pointed pen-shaped instrument for marking on stencils used in a reproducing machine
c (1) :  needle 3c
(2) :  a cutting tool used to produce an original record groove during disc recording
d :  a pen-shaped pointing device used for entering data (as positional information from a graphics tablet) into a computer

Origin of STYLUS

Latin stylus, stilus spike, stylus — more at style
First Known Use: 1773

Rhymes with STYLUS


noun    (Medical Dictionary)
plural sty·li \ˈstī(ə)l-ˌī\ also sty·lus·es \ˈstī-lə-səz\ or sti·li or sti·lus·es

Medical Definition of STYLUS

: an instrument for writing, marking, or incising: as a : a hard-pointed instrument for punching the dots in writing braille with a braille slate b : a device that traces a recording (as of an electrocardiograph) on paper

Variants of STYLUS

sty·lus also sti·lus \ˈstī-ləs\


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