widget

noun

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

manufacturers of all kinds of widgets for the do-it-yourselfer
Recent Examples on the Web Click the pencil icon at the bottom of the page to view the array of widgets that can join (or replace) your donuts in the session view, which can be divided into a near-infinite number of pages that are accessible via tabs or custom mappings. Pete Cottell, WIRED, 2 May 2024 Assigning different colors to things like drums, bass, vocals, and guitar helps keep things tidy, and the eye-catching contrast of the neon-color donuts and widgets against the black background makes LP easy to keep track of in any environment. Pete Cottell, WIRED, 2 May 2024 Tools like snap layouts and customizable widgets can streamline your workflow, while security innovations like TPM 2.0, Smart App Control, and Biometrics login ensure user protection. Stackcommerce Team, PCMAG, 15 Apr. 2024 On the Echo Show 15, the widgets are constantly onscreen thanks to the large real estate, and there's a widget panel that can fit up to 10 widgets. Nena Farrell, WIRED, 29 Mar. 2024 An Entertainment widget surfaces new movies and TV shows, and the Family widget is good for those who use Microsoft Family Safety parental controls tools. PCMAG, 22 Mar. 2024 Associated Press widgets are live-updating and may reflect more recent results. Brianna Taylor, Sacramento Bee, 6 Mar. 2024 The company also rolled out its Ambient Experience to more devices: the mode that can display widgets and other glanceable information when Fire TV streaming products are idle. Chris Welch, The Verge, 14 Nov. 2023 There's no link to your online gallery from the application, and the only sharing options are email, Twitter, and web widgets. PCMAG, 26 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

alteration of gadget

First Known Use

1924, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of widget was in 1924

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“Widget.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/widget. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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