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widg·et

 (wĭj′ĭt)
n.
1. A small mechanical device or control; a gadget.
2. An unnamed or hypothetical manufactured article.
3. Computers
a. An element of a GUI, such as a text box or button, that displays information or settings that can be entered or altered by the user.
b. A program that performs some simple function, such as providing a weather report or stock quote, and can be accessed from a computer desktop, webpage, mobile phone or subscription television service.

[Perhaps alteration of gadget.]

widget

(ˈwɪdʒɪt)
n
1. (Tools) informal any small mechanism or device, the name of which is unknown or temporarily forgotten
2. (Brewing) a small device in a beer can which, when the can is opened, releases nitrogen gas into the beer, giving it a head
3. a small computer program that can be installed on and executed from the desktop of a personal computer
[C20: changed from gadget]

widg•et

(ˈwɪdʒ ɪt)

n.
1. a small mechanical device, as a knob or switch, esp. one whose name is not known or cannot be recalled; gadget.
2. something considered typical or representative, as of a manufacturer's products.
[1925–30; perhaps alter. of gadget]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.widget - something unspecified whose name is either forgotten or not knownwidget - something unspecified whose name is either forgotten or not known; "she eased the ball-shaped doodad back into its socket"; "there may be some great new gizmo around the corner that you will want to use"
stuff - miscellaneous unspecified objects; "the trunk was full of stuff"
2.widget - a device or control that is very useful for a particular jobwidget - 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

widget

noun
Informal. A small specialized mechanical device:
Informal: doodad, doohickey.
Slang: gizmo.
Translations

widget

[ˈwɪdʒɪt] N (= device) → artilugio m; (= thingummy) → ingenio m, cacharro m

widget

[ˈwɪdʒɪt] nbitoniau m

widget

n (inf)
(= manufactured product)Produkt nt, → Ding nt (inf); 10,000 widgets per month10.000 Produkte or Dinger (inf)pro Monat
(Brit: in beer can) → Widget nt, in eine Bierdose eingebaute zweite Kammer, die das Bier beim Öffnen zum Aufschäumen bringt
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