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 The goal is to shoot fish, sharks, octopus and other sea creatures, aiming with a joystick and slapping a circular button. Megan Cassidy,, "Money, murder and the ‘fish game’: Behind Oakland’s crackdown on gambling dens," 13 Oct. 2019 Her red, manicured fingernails rest less than a half-inch from the joystick on her motorized wheelchair. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, "She finished a triathlon, then a drunk driver left her paralyzed. She hopes an experimental treatment has answers.," 27 Sep. 2019 The classic joystick and a modern controller can also be bought separately for $49.99 and $59.99, respectively. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, "Atari VCS begins preorders starting at $250," 11 June 2019 Each ride lasts ten minutes, and during that time riders can use the two joysticks to steer the car forward, backward, left, and right. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "You Can Ride in Icy Bumper Cars at This NYC Rink," 4 Dec. 2019 Over the years, people have suggested joysticks or other radical replacements for controls, but none has proven superior to wheels and pedals. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Is it time to turn away from touchscreens in our cars?," 26 Nov. 2019 There’s a joystick and some buttons, which let the user change how those gimbals move (or control the movement directly). Sean O'kane, The Verge, "DJI’s new $439 Ronin gimbal is made for mirrorless cameras," 17 July 2019 Its asymmetrical joystick layout feels more natural to my hands, its triggers are springier, and its d-pad is less mushy. Jeff Dunn And Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Guidemaster: Our favorite accessories for iPhones and iPads," 30 Oct. 2019 Epley fingered a joystick controller to tilt the chair back until Delahunt was face up. oregonlive, "Epley maneuver for vertigo was invented by Oregon doctor," 15 Oct. 2019

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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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8 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Joystick.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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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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