wid·​get | \ ˈwi-jət How to pronounce widget (audio) \

Definition of widget

1 : gadget
2 : an unnamed article considered for purposes of hypothetical example
3 : a small software application that is designed to provide a specific piece of information (such as news, weather, or traffic updates) or a specific function (such as taking notes or controlling another application) on demand This resource allows anglers to see what advisories are in effect in specific waterways … . The web page is optimized for mobile devices, with a widget that allows users to zoom to their exact location on the map with the press of a button.— Chris Knauss A widget might show you the weather forecast, or the latest baseball scores. There are widgets that show photographs you've stored online, or that cull images from the Daily Puppy Web site.— Rob Walker

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Examples of widget in a Sentence

manufacturers of all kinds of widgets for the do-it-yourselfer
Recent Examples on the Web The widget keeps track of any Earth approaches within 4.6 million miles of the planet. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Asteroid that may be the size of Empire State Building to zoom past Earth," 4 June 2020 On the right-hand side, viewers could offer congratulations to graduates via a chat widget. David Oliver, USA TODAY, "Hilarious texts and comments galore: What it's like to graduate online during coronavirus," 20 May 2020 The Most Beautiful Thing’ Alessandro Romaioli tilted his camera to show me, via WhatsApp, a batch of plastic widgets. New York Times, "The Toilet Paper Had Armed Guards, and Other Coronavirus Stories," 24 Mar. 2020 Some Ventec parts makers couldn’t produce enough widgets fast enough, so GM went to its own parts bin to find suppliers to do the job, Johnson said. Tom Krisher, Fortune, "How GM’s ventilator plan went from Trump praise to doghouse within days," 30 Mar. 2020 Google Duo, Google's last surviving video chat app, is getting support for AR widgets. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Pixel 4 feature drop adds new emoji, scheduled dark mode, faster Google Pay," 2 Mar. 2020 And that’s why people out there, who used to make cars, who used to manufacture widgets, are struggling to hold onto jobs. oregonlive, "Portland mayoral debate: How does the city expand its industrial sector?," 27 Feb. 2020 For monitoring your smartphone’s memory use or network activity, apps like Omnistat 2 and System Panel 2 can reveal those details and provide real-time updates, along with widget support to keep that data easily accessible. Time, "Should You Reconsider Using WhatsApp After the Jeff Bezos Hack? Probably Not," 24 Jan. 2020 Amazon, many believed, didn’t understand the difference between a book and a dishwasher—to its founder Jeff Bezos, both were widgets to be sold on its platform. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Can Amazon Finally Crack the Bestseller Code?," 16 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of widget

1924, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for widget

alteration of gadget

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The first known use of widget was in 1924

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24 Jun 2020

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“Widget.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/widget. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of widget

informal : any small mechanical or electronic device

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