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 The widget shows a cluster of AQI measurements from your area, adjusted using the EPA’s algorithm. Washington Post, 2 Sep. 2021 The Windows 11 search widget continues to send users to Microsoft Edge rather than the default browser. Chris Hachey, BGR, 18 Aug. 2021 If the widget below is not updating, hit refresh on your browser. Matt Goul, cleveland, 24 Sep. 2021 The company said allowing the NYU researchers to scrape data by using a widget that was downloaded by volunteers would compromise its 2019 privacy settlement with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. Washington Post, 23 Sep. 2021 Smart suggestions - long press on a widget stack and select ‘Edit Stack’. Gordon Kelly, Forbes, 21 Sep. 2021 After cancelling a widget gallery search, the cancel button remains visible. Anthony Karcz, Forbes, 14 Sep. 2021 Finally, Zoom is adding a Zoom widget for your desktop. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, 13 Sep. 2021 To add a widget to your iPhone’s home screen, find a blank spot and hold down your finger. Washington Post, 2 Sep. 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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11 Oct 2021

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“Widget.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/widget. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of widget

: any small mechanical or electronic device : gadget

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