An example of a widget is a usb connector for a laser mouse.
Origin of widgetaltered from gadget
- A small mechanical device or control; a gadget.
- An unnamed or hypothetical manufactured article.
- 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.
Origin of widgetPerhaps alteration of gadget
- A placeholder name for an unnamed, unspecified, or hypothetical manufactured good or product.
- Suppose we have a widget factory that produces 100 units per year...
- Portable code that can be easily installed and executed by an end user.
- A floating widget or other device inside a beer can, meant to create foam when opened
- A small scraping tool consisting of a blade and a handle, commonly used to remove paint from glass and other smooth surfaces
Coined by George S. Kaufman in his play Beggar on Horseback (1924).
- (computing, graphical user interface) Any one of the components of a computer application's graphical user interface, such as a Cancel button or text input box that a user interacts with.
Borrowed as a shortened form of “window gadget"
widget - Computer Definition
(1) An icon-based user interface such as found on smartphones and tablets. See widget-based interface.
(2) Elements in a graphical user interface (GUI). See widget set.
(3) A mini app that displays a small amount of information on screen at all times and interacts with the user. Search box, clock, weather, calculator and stock market widgets are typical examples. The widget may be waiting for input from the user, such as a search box, or be "live" and actively display changes like the weather and stock market. In the Windows world, a widget is a gadget. See widget-based interface. Widgets Forever For decades, a widget has been a popular English word for a placeholder name when the actual object is not known or not important, and it may be used with other fictitious names, such as "10 widgets and 5 frabbits."
widget - Investment & Finance Definition
A generic, often theoretical, item, synonymous with product. The term often is used in hypothetical business examples, for example, “Say a company makes widgets.”