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widget

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Pronunciation: /ˈwɪdʒɪt
 
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Definition of widget in English:

noun

informal
1A small gadget or mechanical device.
Example sentences
  • 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(In some beer cans) a plastic device which introduces nitrogen into the beer, giving it a creamy head.
Example sentences
  • Pop and outdoor ads sporting a rocket widget and a Guinness Draught bottle are aimed at building awareness for nitrogenated Guinness Draught and Stout in cans and bottles.
  • A can of beer is pressurised by adding liquid nitrogen, which vaporises and expands in volume after the can is sealed, forcing gas and beer into the widget's hollow interior through a tiny hole - the less beer the better for subsequent head quality.
  • The vast majority of canned beers in the U.S. are of the American Light Lager variety, for which a beer widget would be counterproductive.
1.2 Computing An application, or a component of an interface, that enables a user to perform a function or access a service.
Example sentences
  • 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.

More
  • The widget is first recorded in the 1920s in the USA, in the general sense ‘a small gadget’, and is probably an alteration of gadget. In the early 1990s a widget became a specific sort of device used in some beer cans to introduce nitrogen into the beer, giving it a creamy head.

Words that rhyme with widget

Bridget, digit, fidget, midget

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