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 Now the Reminders widget just boots me into the app, which kind of defeats the purpose. Maren Estrada, BGR, 13 July 2021 Adding a new data widget to a dashboard requires data tech support and takes time. Tim Eyre, Forbes, 28 June 2021 Apps and window borders—including the Start Menu and widget menu themselves—will be semi-see through, like a frosted glass window. Eric Ravenscraft, Wired, 24 June 2021 What leverage does a widget producer in the Philippines have when its only buyer asks for a better deal? Christian Lanng, Forbes, 16 June 2021 Users can pick from a small, medium or large widget format. Ann-marie Alcántara, WSJ, 15 June 2021 The tweet links to a widget with buttons to pre-save the album on various streaming services, including Spotify. Emily Palmer Heller, Vulture, 8 June 2021 Back in March, a preview build of Windows 10 updated the look of the news and interests widget on the taskbar. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 2 June 2021 Your competitors are invariably more interested in social media marketing, digital ad spend and public relations strategies, in addition to integrating the latest widget on their websites. Jeff Shuford, Rolling Stone, 10 May 2021

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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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19 Jul 2021

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“Widget.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/widget. Accessed 27 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of widget

informal : any small mechanical or electronic device

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