Definition of stylus in English:
noun (plural styli-ˌlī or styluses)
1.1A pointed device formerly used to produce a groove in a record when recording sound.
- All his recordings were made using the ‘acoustic method’ - singing in front of a large horn, connected to a recording diaphragm and cutting stylus, which cut a groove in a rotating wax disc.
- Another stylus was used to play back the recording turning the indentations on the cylinder into sound.
- During this period all the energy available to drive the stylus which etched out the recorded wave-forms was ‘acoustic energy’: that is, it came from the sound waves themselves.
2An ancient writing implement, consisting of a small rod with a pointed end for scratching letters on wax-covered tablets, and a blunt end for obliterating them.
- For writing, they used a stylus and a wax tablet.
- The next significant development began around 3,100 B.C. when a pointed stylus was used to incise pictures of tokens in clay tablets instead of impressing the tokens themselves.
- The small number of numerical symbols was, to a large extent, controlled by the method of writing numbers using a blunt stylus with a circular section to impress marks on wet clay.
2.2 Computing A penlike device used to input handwritten text or drawings directly into a computer or for input on a touch-sensitive monitor.
- He used the palm pilot as his tablet, but his stylus was a plastic space-age contemporary version of the traditional reed pen.
- It is a digital canvas which can be used with a mouse but really comes into its own when used with a pressure sensitive tablet and stylus.
- A stylus is a pen that comes with a drawing pad, which is connected to the computer.
Words that rhyme with stylusSilas
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.
Most popular in the US
Most popular in the UK
Most popular in Canada
Most popular in Australia
Most popular in Malaysia
Most popular in Pakistan