sty·​lus | \ ˈstī-ləs How to pronounce stylus (audio) \
plural styli\ ˈstī(-​ə)-​ˌlī How to pronounce stylus (audio) \ also styluses\ ˈstī-​lə-​səz How to pronounce stylus (audio) \

Definition of stylus

: an instrument for writing, marking, or incising: such as
a : an instrument used by the ancients in writing on clay or waxed tablets
b : a hard-pointed pen-shaped instrument for marking on stencils used in a reproducing machine
(2) : a cutting tool used to produce an original record groove during disc recording
d : a pen-shaped pointing device used for entering data (such as positional information from a graphics tablet) into a computer

Examples of stylus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That's been true for all lower-end stylus phones, including Motorola and LG's models. Sascha Segan, PCMAG, 2 June 2022 On the tables, there are rulers, candles and kistkas, a stylus-like tool used to draw ornate designs in wax on the egg. Keith Bierygolick, The Enquirer, 14 Apr. 2022 The touchscreen and stylus interaction is second to none, and the inclusion of 4G LTE makes this an incredibly portable machine. Ewan Spence, Forbes, 14 Mar. 2022 Drawing inspiration from the Galaxy Note, the S22 Ultra includes an S-pen, a small stylus that pops right out from the bottom of the phone. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, 25 Feb. 2022 One of the nicest things to see on the Revolution Go is the Audio-Technica magnetic moving cartridge, which has a ubiquitous stylus (the needle that reads the grooves in the record) that’s easily replaced for around $25. Ebony Roberts, Outside Online, 8 June 2022 The phone looks just like a Note would complete with stylus support. Chris Smith, BGR, 10 Feb. 2022 Kenny Wassus tested the three leading tablet-stylus combos from Apple, Microsoft and Samsung, to see which pairing is best for sketching and note-taking. WSJ, 18 May 2022 Today, the most common way to decorate a pysanka involves a stylus, some beeswax and multiple dips in dye—reminiscent of using a white crayon to draw designs when dying Easter eggs. Jane Recker, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of stylus

1773, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stylus

Latin stylus, stilus spike, stylus — more at style

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“Stylus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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More Definitions for stylus


sty·​lus | \ ˈstī-ləs How to pronounce stylus (audio) \
plural styli\ -​ˌlī \ also styluses

Kids Definition of stylus

: a pointed instrument used in ancient times for writing on wax tablets


variants: also stilus \ ˈstī-​ləs How to pronounce stylus (audio) \
plural styli\ ˈstī(ə)l-​ˌī How to pronounce stylus (audio) \ also styluses\ ˈstī-​lə-​səz How to pronounce stylus (audio) \ or stili or stiluses

Medical Definition of stylus

: an instrument for writing, marking, or incising: as
a : a hard-pointed instrument for punching the dots in writing braille with a braille slate
b : a device that traces a recording (as of an electrocardiograph) on paper

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