thumbwheel

noun
thumb·​wheel | \ˈthəm-ˌhwēl, -ˌwēl\

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

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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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The first known use of thumbwheel was in 1903

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