stylus

play
noun sty·lus \ˈstī-ləs\

Definition of stylus

plural

styli

play \ˈstī(-ə)-ˌlī\ also

styluses

play \ˈstī-lə-səz\
  1. :  an instrument for writing, marking, or incising: such asa :  an instrument used by the ancients in writing on clay or waxed tabletsb :  a hard-pointed pen-shaped instrument for marking on stencils used in a reproducing machinec (1) :  needle 3c (2) :  a cutting tool used to produce an original record groove during disc recordingd :  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

play
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

play
noun sty·lus \ˈstī-ləs\

Definition of stylus for Students

plural

styli

\-ˌlī\ also

styluses

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


Medical Dictionary

stylus

noun sty·lus
variants: also

stilus

\ˈstī-ləs\play

Medical Definition of stylus

plural

styli

\ˈstī(ə)l-ˌī\play also

styluses

\ˈstī-lə-səz\play or

stili

or

stiluses

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



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