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

Examples of widget in a Sentence

manufacturers of all kinds of widgets for the do-it-yourselfer
Recent Examples on the Web Anticipation for the software update was so high that even had its own Google widget ticking down the remaining time. Caitlin Ostroff, WSJ, 15 Sep. 2022 As MacRumors points out, Launchify does have an in-app subscription that is necessary for adding more than one widget to the Lock Screen. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 13 Sep. 2022 The simplest thing to do is to disable the widget area entirely. Justin Pot, WIRED, 8 Sep. 2022 Look for a Batteries widget, set up its appearance, and add it to the screen. Chris Smith, BGR, 23 Aug. 2022 The Flip's cover is rumored to get an enhanced interface, allowing easier access to notifications, widget control and wallet functionality, without needing to open the phone. Samantha Murphy Kelly, CNN, 10 Aug. 2022 The widget brings shoppers to a feed that shows a stream of images and videos of products, with shoppers able to like, share and ultimately purchase items. Sebastian Herrera, WSJ, 17 Aug. 2022 This is a widget (lock screen accessory) with a colorful image. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 2 Aug. 2022 The developer explains that the widget normally features a colorful image. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 2 Aug. 2022 See More

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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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17 Sep 2022

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“Widget.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/widget. Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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