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joystick

or joy stick

[joi-stik]
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noun
  1. Informal. the control stick of an airplane, tank, or other vehicle.
  2. Computers. a lever resembling this, used to control movement of a cursor or other graphic element for video games and computer graphics.Compare mouse(def 4), stylus(def 3).
  3. any leverlike switch for controlling, manipulating, guiding, or the like.

Origin of joystick

First recorded in 1905–10; joy + stick1
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Examples from the Web for joy-stick

Historical Examples

  • He leapt lightly into the machine and jiggled the joy-stick.

    Tam O' The Scoots

    Edgar Wallace

  • "Good-bye, sir," replied Dastral, his hand already on the joy-stick.

  • A girl sat at the joy-stick looking as if carved out of wood.

    The White Morning</p>

    Gertrude Atherton

  • At two thousand feet Dastral pushed back the joy-stick, and flattened out.

  • These ailerons, wing sections, really, are controlled by a device known as the joy-stick in the cockpit.


British Dictionary definitions for joy-stick

joystick

noun
  1. informal the control stick of an aircraft or of any of various machines
  2. computing a lever by means of which the display on a screen may be controlled used esp for games, flight simulators, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for joy-stick

joystick

n.

also joy stick, 1910, aviators' slang for the control lever of an airplane, from joy + stick (n.).

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