What does stylus mean?

Definitions for stylus
ˈstaɪ ləssty·lus

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. stylusnoun

    a sharp pointed device attached to the cartridge of a record player

  2. stylus, stylenoun

    a pointed tool for writing or drawing or engraving

    "he drew the design on the stencil with a steel stylus"

GCIDE

  1. Stylusnoun

    That needle-shaped part at the tip of the playing arm of phonograph which sits in the groove of a phonograph record while it is turning, to detect the undulations in the phonograph groove and convert them into vibrations which are transmitted to a system (since 1920 electronic) which converts the signal into sound; also called needle. The stylus is frequently composed of a hard metal or of diamond.

  2. Stylusnoun

    The needle-like device used to cut the grooves which record the sound on the original disc during recording of a phonograph record; it is moved by the vibrations given to the diaphragm by a sound, and produces the indented record.

  3. Stylusnoun

    (Computers) A pen-shaped pointing device used to specify the cursor position on a graphics tablet.

Wiktionary

  1. stylusnoun

    A sharp stick used in ancient times for writing in clay tablets; a sharp tool for engraving.

  2. stylusnoun

    A phonograph needle.

  3. stylusnoun

    A small plastic stick used as a pen for writing on the touch sensitive screen of an electronic gadget.

  4. stylusnoun

    A tool for making small dots on a piece of heavy paper, used to produce Braille writing for the blind by hand.

  5. Etymology: From stylus, alternative spelling of stilus. Unrelated to Ancient Greek στῦλος.

ChatGPT

  1. stylus

    A stylus is a pointed instrument or tool generally used for writing, drawing or marking by applying pressure on a surface. In modern times, it is often used for inputting information on touch screens or in graphic design tablets.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Stylusnoun

    an instrument for writing. See Style, n., 1

  2. Stylusnoun

    that needle-shaped part at the tip of the playing arm of phonograph which sits in the groove of a phonograph record while it is turning, to detect the undulations in the phonograph groove and convert them into vibrations which are transmitted to a system (since 1920 electronic) which converts the signal into sound; also called needle. The stylus is frequently composed of metal or diamond

  3. Stylusnoun

    the needle-like device used to cut the grooves which record the sound on the original disc during recording of a phonograph record

  4. Stylusnoun

    a pen-shaped pointing device used to specify the cursor position on a graphics tablet

  5. Etymology: [L. stylus, or better stilus.]

Wikidata

  1. Stylus

    A stylus is a writing utensil, or a small tool for some other form of marking or shaping, for example in pottery. It can also be a computer accessory that is used to assist in navigating or providing more precision when using touchscreens. It usually refers to a narrow elongated staff, similar to a modern ballpoint pen. Many styli are heavily curved to be held more easily. Another widely-used writing tool is the stylus used by blind users in conjunction with the slate for punching out the dots in Braille. Styli were first used by the ancient Mesopotamians in order to write in cuneiform, Egyptians, and the Minoans of Crete made styli in various materials: reeds that grew on the sides of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers and in marshes and down to Egypt where the Egyptians used styli from sliced reeds with sharp points; bone and metal styli were also used. Cuneiform was entirely based on the "wedge-shaped" mark that the end of a cut reed made when pushed into a clay tablet, hence the name "cuneiform" from Latin cuneus = "wedge". The linear writings of Crete in the first half of the second millennium BC were made on sun dried clay tablets that were left to dry in order to become 'leather' hard before they were incised by the stylus. The linear nature of the writing was also dictated by the use of the stylus.

Editors Contribution

  1. stylus

    A type of pen created and designed in various colors, materials, mechanisms, shapes, sizes and styles.

    She always has a stylus with her as she uses it always to input data onto her smartphone.


    Submitted by MaryC on April 9, 2020  

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Entomology

  1. Stylus

    a small, pointed, non-articulated process.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of stylus in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of stylus in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of stylus in a Sentence

  1. The Apple Pencil:

    Leave it to Apple to poke fun at styluses for years and then go create the new stylus gold standard, the $100 Apple Pencil enables the best digital writing and sketching experience I’ve ever had on a tablet.

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