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.
Graphical control element
A graphical control element or widget is an element of interaction in a graphical user interface, such as a button or a scroll bar. Controls are software components that a computer user interacts with through direct manipulation to read or edit information about an application. User interface libraries, such as e.g. GTK+ or Cocoa, contain a collection of graphical control elements and the logic to render these. Each widget facilitates a specific type of user-computer interaction. Structuring a user interface with widget toolkits allow developers to reuse code for similar tasks, and provides users with a common language for interaction, maintaining consistency throughout the whole information system. Graphical user interface builders, such as e.g. Glade Interface Designer, automatically generate all the source code for a graphical control element from general descriptions provided by the developer, usually through direct manipulation.
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