or joy stick
[ joi-stik ]
/ ˈdʒɔɪˌstɪk /
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Informal. the control stick of an airplane, tank, or other vehicle.
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).
any leverlike switch for controlling, manipulating, guiding, or the like.
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How to use joystick in a sentence
The light-spot cursor and joy-stick method replace the light pen in this case.On-Line Data-Acquisition Systems in Nuclear Physics, 1969|H. W. Fulbright et al.
"Getting near the line," said Barry, and pushed the joy-stick steadily forward.Air Men o' War|Boyd Cable
Barcroft, his hands resting lightly on the "joy-stick," was keenly alert to every forthcoming move of his adversary.Billy Barcroft, R.N.A.S.|Percy F. Westerman
Once the joy stick is released it gradually comes back toward the pilot.
A "joy stick" is a contrivance on an aeroplane by the manipulation of which the plane is held on a level keel.
British Dictionary definitions for joystick
/ (ˈdʒɔɪˌstɪk) /
informal the control stick of an aircraft or of any of various machines
computing a lever by means of which the display on a screen may be controlled used esp for games, flight simulators, etc
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