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gadg·et

(găj′ĭt)
n.
A small specialized mechanical or electronic device; a contrivance.

[Perhaps originally 19th century glassblowers' jargon gadget, spring-pressure clip at the end of a punty to hold the foot of a glass being blown without creating a mark, probably from French gâchette, pawl, tumbler in a gunlock, strike plate : gâche, strike plate, collar or bracket for a pipe (from Middle French gasche, strike plate, iron hook, from Old French, calk of a shoe or horseshoe, from Frankish *gaspia, buckle, clasp; akin to Middle Dutch gespe, probably (with metathesis) from Germanic *gapsō, *gipsō; akin to Old Norse geispa, to yawn, and gapa, to gape) + -ette, diminutive suffix (from Middle French, from Old French; see -ette).]

gadg′et·y adj.

gadget

(ˈɡædʒɪt)
n
1. a small mechanical device or appliance
2. any object that is interesting for its ingenuity or novelty rather than for its practical use
[C19: perhaps from French gâchette lock catch, trigger, diminutive of gâche staple]
ˈgadgety adj

gadg•et

(ˈgædʒ ɪt)

n.
a usu. small mechanical or electronic contrivance or device; any ingenious article.
[1850–55; orig. uncertain]
gadg`e•teer′, n.
gadg′et•ry, n.
gadg′et•y, adj.

gadget

- May come from French gachette, which is or has been applied to various pieces of mechanism, or from Gaget, the person who created the first so-called gadgets—miniature Statues of Liberty sold in Paris—or from a Navy term for a tool or mechanical device for which one could not recall the name.
See also related terms for mechanism.

gadget

Radar equipment (type of equipment may be indicated by a letter as listed in operation orders). May be followed by a color to indicate state of jamming. Colors will be used as follows: a. green--Clear of jamming. b. amber--Sector partially jammed. c. red--Sector completely jammed. d. blue--Completely jammed.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gadget - a device or control that is very useful for a particular jobgadget - a device or control that is very useful for a particular job
device - an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose; "the device is small enough to wear on your wrist"; "a device intended to conserve water"
gadgetry - appliances collectively; "laborsaving gadgetry"
gimbal - an appliance that allows an object (such as a ship's compass) to remain horizontal even as its support tips
injector - a contrivance for injecting (e.g., water into the boiler of a steam engine or particles into an accelerator etc.)
mod con - modern convenience; the appliances and conveniences characteristic of a modern house

gadget

noun device, thing, appliance, machine, tool, implement, invention, instrument, novelty, apparatus, gimmick, utensil, contraption (informal), gizmo (slang, chiefly U.S. & Canad.), contrivance a handy gadget for slicing vegetables

gadget

noun
A small specialized mechanical device:
Informal: doodad, doohickey, widget.
Slang: gizmo.
Translations
آلة لِفَتْح العُلَب
přístrojzařízení
dimsindretningtingest
Helferlein
szerkentyû
apparat, tæki
ierīceietaise
priprava
âlet

gadget

[ˈ>gædʒɪt] N (= little thing) → artilugio m, chisme m; (= device) → aparato m

gadget

[ˈgædʒɪt] ngadget m

gadget

nGerät nt, → Vorrichtung f, → Apparat m; with a lot of gadgetsmit allen Schikanen (inf)

gadget

[ˈgædʒɪt] naggeggio, arnese m

gadget

(ˈgӕdʒit) noun
a usually small tool, machine etc. a useful gadget for loosening bottle lids.