Widget meaning

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(1) An icon-based user interface such as found on smartphones and tablets. See widget-based interface.
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An unnamed or hypothetical manufactured article.
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A small mechanical device or control; a gadget.
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Any small, unspecified gadget or device, esp. one that is hypothetical.
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A floating widget or other device inside a beer can, meant to create foam when opened.
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The definition of a widget is a general term for a small gadget or device.

An example of a widget is a usb connector for a laser mouse.

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A generic, often theoretical, item, synonymous with product. The term often is used in hypothetical business examples, for example, “Say a company makes widgets.”
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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...

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Portable code that can be easily installed and executed by an end user.
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A small scraping tool consisting of a blade and a handle, commonly used to remove paint from glass and other smooth surfaces.
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(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.
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Origin of widget

  • Perhaps alteration of gadget

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Coined by George S. Kaufman in his play Beggar on Horseback (1924).

    From Wiktionary

  • Borrowed as a shortened form of “window gadget"

    From Wiktionary