joystick

noun
joy·stick | \ˈjȯi-ˌstik \

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.

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Its work space is bland, harshly lit, and strewn with plywood and circuit boards and sensors and joysticks and cameras. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "Unseen Oceans: How the American Museum of Natural History Builds a New Exhibit," 21 June 2018 And teaching a robot to do something new is exhausting, requiring line after line of code and joystick tutorials in say, picking up an apple. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Don't Just Lecture Robots—Make Them Learn," 9 July 2018 Stevie tentatively closed his fist around the red ball of the joystick Saturday and pushed. Tessa Weinberg, chicagotribune.com, "Northwestern students give 'freedom' by retrofitting motorized cars for kids with disabilities," 1 July 2018 Boat-makers have embraced new technology, from docking a boat with a joystick to creating a wake-surf wave from a wristwatch. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mercury Marine buys Menomonee Falls company in $910 million deal," 29 June 2018 An airman guides the boom with a joystick and a system of seven cameras. Tony Capaccio, chicagotribune.com, "Boeing's tardy $44.3 billion tanker nears milestone after spat," 20 June 2018 The clean, confusing-looking slab, nearly the length and width of an Xbox One S, has no joysticks. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "In the lab with Xbox’s new Adaptive Controller, which may change gaming forever," 17 May 2018 The tanker’s 59-foot-long extended boom is guided with a joystick by an airman using a system of seven cameras. Anthony Capaccio, Bloomberg.com, "Boeing Says It's Close to Fixing a Flaw Delaying KC-46 Tanker," 4 May 2018 The gearshift is a real gearshift, though, not the usual electronic joystick that’s found in European models. Scott Sturgis, Philly.com, "Driving the 2018 Volvo XC60," 5 July 2018

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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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joystick

noun

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

joystick

noun
joy·stick | \ˈjȯi-ˌstik \

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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