wid·​get | \ˈwi-jət \

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

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Based on the 24-year-old NAFTA, automakers and suppliers constantly ship fully assembled vehicles as well as engines, transmissions and thousands of small widgets across both U.S. borders. Tom Krisher, chicagotribune.com, "Experts say auto tariffs would raise prices, cost jobs," 18 June 2018 With the widgets comes more accurate data, including better caloric expenditure estimates. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "WatchOS 5 first take: Walkie Talkie, workout auto detect, and smarter Siri," 5 June 2018 There’s also a widget that anyone can put on their site, urging people to contact their congresspeople. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Reddit, Tumblr, and other sites are adding ‘red alerts’ to support a net neutrality vote in Congress," 9 May 2018 In the early days, Android had no hardware rendering of its standard widget set. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Talkin’ Treble: How Android engineers are winning the war on fragmentation," 8 June 2018 To enter, simply click the widget below and fill out your name and address. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Giveaway: Win a signed Threadripper 2 T-Shirt," 26 June 2018 Privacy Apple says Safari will prevent share buttons and widgets on websites from tracking users without their permission. CBS News, "Here are the highlights from Apple's 2018 Worldwide Developers' Conference," 4 June 2018 With a team of private doctors, Eron implants a tiny widget, STEM, into Grey’s spine. Katie Walsh, Detroit Free Press, "Review: ‘Upgrade’ raises timely fears about technology," 31 May 2018 Sceneform includes lots of common 3D user interface widgets so users can select an object or move things without the developer having to reinvent the wheel. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Google’s ARCore 1.2 enables multiplayer AR across Android and iOS," 8 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of widget

: any small mechanical or electronic device

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