stylus

noun sty·lus \ ˈstī-ləs \

Definition of stylus

plural styli play \ˈstī(-ə)-ˌlī\ also styluses play \ˈstī-lə-səz\
: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
c (1) :needle 3c
(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

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Origin and Etymology of stylus

Latin stylus, stilus spike, stylus — more at style


STYLUS Defined for English Language Learners

stylus

noun

Definition of stylus for English Language Learners

  • : a very small, pointed piece of metal that touches a record and produces sound when the record is played

  • : a tool used long ago for writing on clay or wax tablets

  • : a small tool that is used to write or touch buttons on a computer


STYLUS Defined for Kids

stylus

noun sty·lus \ ˈstī-ləs \

Definition of stylus for Students

plural styli \-ˌlī\ also styluses
:a pointed instrument used in ancient times for writing on wax tablets

Medical Dictionary

stylus

noun sty·lus
variants: also stilus play \ˈstī-ləs\

medical Definition of stylus

plural styli play \ˈstī(ə)l-ˌī\ also styluses play \ˈstī-lə-səz\ or stili or stiluses
: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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