- Slang the control stick of an airplane
- Comput. a manual device connected as to a video game, with a control lever that can be tilted in various directions to move the cursor or part of the display
- The control stick of an aircraft.
- A manual control or cursor device, as one attached to a computer or video game.
Origin of joystickPerhaps from slang penis
(third-person singular simple present joysticks, present participle joysticking, simple past and past participle joysticked)
- (rare) To manoeuvre by means of a joystick.
joystick - Computer Definition
A pointing device used to move an object on screen in any direction. It employs a vertical rod mounted on a base with one or two buttons. Joysticks are used extensively in video arcade games, and they were the primary game controller on home computers during the 1980s and 90s. PCs came equipped with a port dedicated to the joystick; however, that game port is no longer used, and the joystick has given way to much more elaborate controllers with several buttons, triggers and dials. The term comes from the main control stick in a small airplane.
- Providing the alternative to consoles, the PC is revered for its high resolution graphics, fine controls (I'll take a mouse over a controller joystick any day), and skill with presenting complicated game schematics and interfaces.
- Based on tips I read online, I once upped my swimming skill in a game (single-player, mind you) by aiming my undrownable character at a mid-river piling and rubber-banding the controller joystick into a "swim forward" position.
- The other propriety CPU, the 26.6 Mhz "Jerry", contained a 32-bit RISC Digital Signal Processor, in addition to units responsible for 16-bit stereo sound, joystick control, wavelength synthesis, and other functions.
- I found using my thumb on the analog stick to be the easiest control option, while my husband preferred actually placing the controller on the floor or his knee and using the analog stick in a joystick fashion.
- These cabinets were generally taller than an average man and housed a monitor and deck where a joystick and buttons were placed (or a steering wheel, trackball, or a variety of other control mechanisms).