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 And even with the power off, the sheer act of mucking around with the joystick and buttons is an utter delight, thanks to responsive, loud clicking. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Lost Sega arcade classics born anew in cute, $130 Astro City Mini [Updated]," 21 Dec. 2020 The Qanba Drone is one of the most popular and affordable options out there, packing high-quality Qanba buttons and a responsive joystick into a compact design that suits both veteran and beginner fighting game fans. Michael Andronico, CNN Underscored, "Best PS5 accessories to buy for your new console," 23 Dec. 2020 Its joystick and shoulder buttons still work as intended, too. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The Ars Technica ultimate holiday gift guide 2020," 14 Dec. 2020 Whitehouse simulated a player’s head movements with the right joystick of an Xbox 360 controller hooked up to his PC, and eventually ported the emulation software to his HTC Vive VR headset. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "How Video Game Historians Resurrected Sega's Lost VR Headset," 20 Nov. 2020 The man entered several offices, picking up a laptop and a computer joystick, according to authorities. Michelle Hunter | Staff Writer,, "Man caught on camera burglarizing Kenner elementary school, police say," 10 Nov. 2020 Both the Quest and VIVE headsets come with hand controllers, similar to a remote control or joystick, that helps visitors more freely interact, move and navigate in the space. oregonlive, "Venice Virtual Reality Expanded 2020 festival comes to Portland," 28 Aug. 2020 Even with an ergonomic joystick and throttle, piloting an airplane in Flight Simulator 2020 is like floating an eyeball around Google Earth. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "The Uncanny Escapism of Flight Simulator 2020," 21 Aug. 2020 The latter qualification may prove to be an issue for some people who would like to throw their joystick into the competition: The Switch has been largely sold out for months at retailers like Amazon and Target. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Pandemic "dream job": Company offers $1,000 to play Animal Crossing," 9 July 2020

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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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18 Jan 2021

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“Joystick.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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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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