widget

noun
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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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 With the widgets comes more accurate data, including better caloric expenditure estimates. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Apple’s September 12, 2018 event: What we expect to be “gathering round” for," 9 Sep. 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 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

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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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widget

noun

English Language Learners Definition of widget

: any small mechanical or electronic device

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