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 Developers will need to add support, but pretty much any app can make a widget component. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "Customization and enhanced privacy are our favorite features of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14," 9 July 2020 Put the wrong widget into the wrong dashboard and production may grind to a halt. Will Knight, Wired, "In These Factories, Inspector Robot Will Check Your Work," 1 July 2020 Twitter’s main feed, the search function, as well as direct messaging are all enabled—the sidebar version is essentially a web widget, with even Twitter’s new tweet scheduling function enabled. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Opera integrates Twitter into new Opera 69 browser," 24 June 2020 There’s a new weather widget on the new-tab page, which must be manually configured to your own location. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Opera integrates Twitter into new Opera 69 browser," 24 June 2020 One crowd less enthused by today's widget announcement? Cat Zakrzewski, Washington Post, "The Technology 202: Tech leaders say Trump's immigration crackdown will be bad for business," 23 June 2020 Pin the stock widget and watch the market movement right on the screen. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "Apple Just Announced New Features For Your iPhone — Here’s What We Love in iOS14," 23 June 2020 One particular widget Apple called out is Smart Stack, which bundles together a variety of widgets into one oblong-shaped box. Julian Chokkattu, Wired, "Every New iPhone Feature Apple Revealed for iOS 14," 22 June 2020 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

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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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18 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Widget.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/widget. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of widget

informal : any small mechanical or electronic device

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