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

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The Flutter platform handles communication with each OS and can spit out Android and iOS binaries with native-looking widgets and scrolling behavior if desired. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Google bridges Android and iOS development with Flutter 1.0," 4 Dec. 2018 Smart inverters: Another upcoming report looks at recent advances in inverters, the widgets that control PV at the module and string (i.e., string of panels) level. David Roberts, Vox, "Robots, floating power plants, and 2-sided panels, oh my: solar tech’s near future," 29 Aug. 2018 WordPress has evolved, has lots of different concepts of widgets and short codes and all these different things. Eric Johnson, Recode, "The tech industry needs to reckon with the dark side of advertising, WordPress CEO Matt Mullenweg says," 2 Aug. 2018 Twitch allowed for extensions to play over games, giving viewers the option to implement widgets that displayed live statistics. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "Amazon reportedly bidding on multiple Fox sports channels," 20 Nov. 2018 More on the Economy Meanwhile, activity in the industry that makes fabricated metal products—widgets like springs that help make larger goods such as washing machines—contracted for the first time since September 2016. Sharon Nunn, WSJ, "Factory-Sector Growth Retreated in October. Tariffs Could Be to Blame.," 1 Nov. 2018 The first is home screen widgets for the Google Fit mobile app. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Google Fit adds new breathing exercise feature and home screen widgets," 11 Dec. 2018 To enter, simply click the widget below and fill out your name and address. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Final day: Win a signed limited edition Core i7-8086K CPU," 1 Aug. 2018 To enter, simply click the widget below and fill out your name and address. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Final day: Win a signed limited edition Core i7-8086K CPU," 1 Aug. 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

informal : any small mechanical or electronic device

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