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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But that’s like just cranking out widgets for the factory. Eric Johnson, Vox, "The problem with tech people who want to solve problems," 26 June 2019 Perhaps most interesting to the power users: A performance widget. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Microsoft powers up Windows 10's Game Bar with truly useful tools for PC enthusiasts," 4 Apr. 2019 This was Facebook’s original definition of its product, Facebook Platform, which allowed outside developers to build widgets and games, and extend the core service. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "The ‘Platform’ Excuse Is Dying," 11 June 2019 Be sure to disable unused widgets in Android, and go to Settings > Siri & Search to turn off Siri app suggestions. Joe Lindsey, Popular Mechanics, "These 3 Simple Things Will Make Your Phone's Battery Last Longer," 28 May 2019 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

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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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