thumb·​wheel | \ ˈthəm-ˌ(h)wēl How to pronounce thumbwheel (audio) \

Definition of thumbwheel

: a control for various devices consisting of a partially exposed wheel that can be turned by moving the exposed edge with a finger

Examples of thumbwheel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There are redundant controls for changing radio stations or tracks and a thumbwheel to adjust the volume. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2020 Audi Q7 55 Is Quick and Quiet," 16 Mar. 2020 The head-wrapping ring adjusts easily using a thumbwheel that expands and contracts the sides, similar to adjusting the length of a pair of over-ear headphones. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Now Dell has a mixed reality headset, and the XPS 13 has 8th-gen Intel CPUs," 28 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of thumbwheel

1903, in the meaning defined above

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“Thumbwheel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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