stylus

noun
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 Prosecutors have been asking witnesses to circle themselves or point out details using a stylus. Kathleen Foody, Star Tribune, "EXPLAINER: Courtroom technology on display in Chauvin trial," 8 Apr. 2021 This comes with a battery-free stylus and features 8,192 pressure levels. Chris Hachey, BGR, "Best Tablet for Drawing," 1 Apr. 2021 Both phones come with 5G connectivity and S Pen stylus support, and are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ processor. Jason Cipriani, CNN Underscored, "Here’s your ultimate guide to Samsung’s smartphone lineup, from the A50 to the Note 20," 5 Mar. 2021 Samsung was contemplating adding the S Pen stylus to other devices, including the Galaxy S21 Ultra and the upcoming Galaxy Z Fold 3. Chris Smith, BGR, "Samsung explains why there might not be a Galaxy Note 21 this year," 17 Mar. 2021 It’s the first phone outside Samsung’s Note line that supports the S-Pen stylus. Jason Cipriani, CNN Underscored, "Here’s your ultimate guide to Samsung’s smartphone lineup, from the A50 to the Note 20," 5 Mar. 2021 The 14-inch Windows 10 laptop, powered by the latest Intel processors, also comes with a stylus for sketching and taking notes. Wilson Rothman, WSJ, "Best of CES 2021: The (Virtual) Tech Show’s Weirdest and Most Wondrous Gadgets," 15 Jan. 2021 Disposable headphone covers and stylus pens are available, while hand sanitizing stations are placed throughout, and masks are required for entry. Travis Levius, Condé Nast Traveler, "Inside Nashville’s Long-Awaited National Museum of African American Music," 29 Jan. 2021 The three models support the S Pen stylus used in its Note series phones, but all three models ship without a charger, which Samsung says is for sustainability reasons. Samantha Murphy Kelly, CNN, "Samsung Galaxy S21 smartphones are smarter and cheaper but don't come with a charger," 14 Jan. 2021

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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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13 Apr 2021

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“Stylus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stylus. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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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 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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