joy·​stick | \ ˈjȯi-ˌstik How to pronounce joystick (audio) \

Definition of joystick

1 : a lever in an airplane that operates the elevators by a fore-and-aft motion and the ailerons by a side-to-side motion
2 : a control for any of various devices (such as a computer) that resembles an airplane's joystick especially in being capable of motion in two or more directions

Examples of joystick in a Sentence

This game works with either a mouse or joystick.
Recent Examples on the Web At times, Murray seemed to be controlling the action with a joystick. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, 21 Dec. 2021 Currently housed at the ZKM Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Germany, the joystick has previously been exhibited in Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 7 Nov. 2021 Until then, robots’ limited role in disaster zones or on bomb squads had typically required a human controller guiding a single robot with a joystick or a tether. David Montgomery, Washington Post, 10 Nov. 2021 Commissioned for London's House of Technologically Termed Praxis, the joystick was crafted from wood, steel and rubber. Noah Sheidlower And Radhika Marya, CNN, 8 Nov. 2021 The lone joystick and one or two buttons worked as single-issue instruments; their roles literally felt intuitive. Mac Schwerin, Wired, 2 Sep. 2021 Perhaps my greatest irritation with platforming was the left joystick. Erik Kain, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 Fighting games, for instance, may feel better with an arcade-style joystick and buttons combination, like the Razer Panthera or Atrox. Washington Post, 17 Aug. 2021 With his restricted wrist movement, Pancho can maneuver an electric wheelchair, pressing the joystick with a stuffed sock tied around his hand with rubber bands., 15 July 2021

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First Known Use of joystick

1910, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for joystick

perhaps from English slang joystick penis

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The first known use of joystick was in 1910

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1 Jan 2022

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“Joystick.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of joystick

: an upright lever used to control an airplane
: a lever used to control the movement of images on the screen in a computer or video game


joy·​stick | \ ˈjȯi-ˌstik How to pronounce joystick (audio) \

Kids Definition of joystick

: a control lever (as for a computer display or an airplane) capable of motion in two or more directions

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