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.
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