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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The nearly minute-long video consists entirely of Peresvet slowly emerging from behind a barrier, a hand on a joystick, and the laser retreating behind the barrier again. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia Deploys New Ground-Based Laser Weapon," 5 Dec. 2018 The North Focals use a separate control ring with a tiny joystick. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "North has acquired the patents and tech behind Intel’s Vaunt AR glasses," 17 Dec. 2018 Further testing led the scientists to compare using a human torso versus a joystick on 39 individuals. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "For Flying Drones, Your Torso Might Be the Ultimate Joystick," 17 July 2018 First, its asymmetrical grips (the right holder is slightly wider than the left) fit the asymmetrical joysticks. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "This Is the Grip I Use For My Nintendo Switch," 31 Dec. 2018 Worse is its button orientation, which requires a click-down on the joystick to do anything. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Pokemon Let’s Go: Well, I guess my adult ass is going to collect them all," 16 Nov. 2018 The drones are controlled by mobile apps instead of joysticks, said Mr. Mathew of Kespry. Sara Castellanos, WSJ, "Shell CIO to Begin Testing AI-Enabled Drones at Houston Plant," 17 Dec. 2018 Most players wanted to use a virtual joystick, which was difficult to implement in portrait mode due to the limited screen space. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Supercell’s new game mixes Fortnite and Clash Royale, and it’s out soon," 14 Nov. 2018 In the study, participants learned to use a joystick-like device called a dynamometer to play a videogame. Lisa Ward, WSJ, "The Secret to Retaining a New Skill: Learn, Exercise, Sleep," 16 Sep. 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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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 \

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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