Definition of widget in English:

widget

Syllabification: widg·et
Pronunciation: /ˈwijit
 
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noun

informal
  • 1A small gadget or mechanical device, especially one whose name is unknown or unspecified.
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    • Gadgets and widgets and all that cool stuff that make life easier, or at least more fun, that's what I want to write about.
    • As you get deeper into turkeys, you'll find an almost infinite number of widgets, gadgets and gimmicks for turkey hunters.
    • Prior to stamping and polymer clay and all the other gadgets and widgets we have today, we had paints and canvas.
  • 1.1 Computing An application, or a component of an interface, that enables a user to perform a function or access a service.
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    • The days when developers would sit at a text editor manually arranging buttons, listboxes and other widgets by brain power alone are pretty much gone.
    • For example, if the feature could be turned on an off via a checkbox widget, that information was included in the description along with whether the checkbox was selected or not selected by default.
    • Behind your widget website there is a large database of widgets.

Origin

1930s: perhaps an alteration of gadget.

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