or joy stick

[ joi-stik ]

  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).

  1. any leverlike switch for controlling, manipulating, guiding, or the like.

Origin of joystick

First recorded in 1905–10; joy + stick1

Words Nearby joystick Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use joystick in a sentence

  • All it takes is a look beyond the joystick, and local software shop, to get a glimpse at its shining promise.

    The New Revolution in Videogames | Scott Steinberg | September 15, 2010 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • His hand had been jerking the joystick to plus one all this time and now he became consciously aware of this.

    Makers | Cory Doctorow
  • For the daring and brilliant youth who held the joystick was a master-pilot, who understood every whim and fancy of his machine.

  • The pilot pushes the joystick slowly forward and prepares to land.

  • Probably he was shot dead and fell over on to the joystick, which put the machine to its last dive.

  • Some one else has produced the latest thing in connections between the pilot's joystick and the Vickers gun.

British Dictionary definitions for joystick


/ (ˈdʒɔɪˌstɪk) /

  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

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