widget

noun wid·get \ ˈwi-jət \
|Updated on: 14 Aug 2018

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

Examples of widget in a Sentence

  1. manufacturers of all kinds of widgets for the do-it-yourselfer

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Origin and Etymology of widget

alteration of gadget


WIDGET Defined for English Language Learners

widget

Definition of widget for English Language Learners

  • : any small mechanical or electronic device



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