Definitions for Widgetˈwɪdʒ ɪt
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a small mechanical device, as a knob or switch, esp. one whose name is not known or cannot be recalled; gadget.
something considered typical or representative, as of a manufacturer's products.
Origin of widget:
1925–30; perh. alter. of gadget
doodad, doohickey, doojigger, gimmick, gizmo, gismo, gubbins, thingamabob, thingumabob, thingmabob, thingamajig, thingumajig, thingmajig, thingummy, whatchamacallit, whatchamacallum, whatsis, widget(noun)
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"
appliance, contraption, contrivance, convenience, gadget, gizmo, gismo, widget(noun)
a device or control that is very useful for a particular job
The New Hacker's Dictionary
1. A meta-thing. Used to stand for a real object in didactic examples (especially database tutorials). Legend has it that the original widgets were holders for buggy whips. “But suppose the parts list for a widget has 52 entries....” 2. [poss.: evoking ‘window gadget’] A user interface object in X graphical user interfaces.
In computer programming, a GUI widget is an element of a graphical user interface that displays an information arrangement changeable by the user, such as a window or a text box. The defining characteristic of a widget is to provide a single interaction point for the direct manipulation of a given kind of data. In other words, widgets are basic visual building blocks which, combined in an application, hold all the data processed by the application and the available interactions on this data.
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