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 of joystick from the Web
Paralyzed 30 years ago, when someone shot him in the neck at work, the former Navy man has been sailing with Footloose for 11 years, starting first as a passenger, then as a skipper, using a joystick operated with his chin.
Being the eldest in his family at the time, Ink lacked the companionship of a sibling or cousin to battle with on the joysticks.
Inside DJI’s app for controlling Spark, there are virtual joysticks for making the drone rotate or move up, down, forward or backward.
For bonus points, hack the entire Pico-ITX system into a big joystick, like the X-Arcade.
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Origin and Etymology of joystick
perhaps from English slang joystick penis
First Known Use: 1910See Words from the same year
JOYSTICK Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of joystick for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of joystick for Students
: a control lever (as for a computer display or an airplane) capable of motion in two or more directions
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