stylus

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

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Our current favorite 2-in-1 is also on sale: HP has its Spectre x360 13 with a Core i5 processor, 13-inch FHD display, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, and an included stylus for just $899.99. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "Dealmaster: Snag leftover Labor Day deals on laptops from Dell, HP, Asus, and more," 5 Sep. 2019 Samsung’s slide-out S-Pen stylus has gone through a few upgrades. Patrick Lucas Austin, Time, "The Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ Is the Perfect Phone for Writers, Note-Takers and Scribblers," 30 Aug. 2019 The touch screen supports Lenovo’s Active Pen for stylus input. Dallas News, "Lenovo convertible laptop combines strong features, good price," 1 Aug. 2019 Apple should expand Apple Pencil's compatibility to this year's upcoming Macs and let users use the stylus to write on the MacBook's screen. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Apple Has New MacBooks Planned for the Fall. Here Are 5 Things They Should Have," 24 July 2019 Enthusiasts who are into shooting pics, fashionistas who want the latest and greatest, or power users who crave a huge screen and a stylus all have options in phones that have come out in the last 12 months. courant.com, "CNET: Best phones for 2019," 6 Sep. 2019 Some artworks depict female students: a fifth-century B.C. kylix depicts one carrying a tablet and stylus. Raquel López, National Geographic, "Did sons and daughters get the same education in ancient Greece?," 28 Aug. 2019 The writing experience is nearly flawless, with the pleasing friction—and even the scritch-scritch sound—of pencil on paper that easily bests Apple's stylus on a glass iPad screen. Wired, "Digital Note-Takers Let You Store and Share Your Scrawlings," 20 Aug. 2019 The writing experience is nearly flawless, with the pleasing friction—and even the scritch-scritch sound—of pencil on paper that easily bests Apple's stylus on a glass iPad screen. Michael Calore, WIRED, "Digital Note-Takers Let You Store and Share Your Scrawlings," 20 Aug. 2019

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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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Dictionary Entries near stylus

stylospore

stylotypite

-stylous

stylus

-styly

styme

stymie

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stylus

noun

English Language Learners Definition of stylus

: 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

noun
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

stylus

noun
sty·​lus
variants: also stilus \ ˈstī-​ləs How to pronounce stilus (audio) \
plural styli\ ˈstī(ə)l-​ˌī How to pronounce styli (audio) \ also styluses\ ˈstī-​lə-​səz How to pronounce styluses (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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