- a plural of stylus.
- an instrument of metal, bone, or the like, used by the ancients for writing on waxed tablets, having one end pointed for incising the letters and the other end blunt for rubbing out writing and smoothing the tablet.
- any of various pointed, pen-shaped instruments used in drawing, artwork, etc.
- Computers. a pen-shaped device used on a display screen to input commands or handwritten text or drawings.Compare joystick(def 2), mouse(def 4).
- Also called cutting stylus.a needle used for cutting grooves in making a disk recording to be played on a phonograph.
- a needle for reproducing the sounds of a phonograph record.
- any of various pointed wedges used to punch holes in paper or other material, as in writing Braille.
- any of various kinds of pens for tracing a line automatically, as on a recording seismograph or electrocardiograph.
Origin of stylus
Examples from the Web for styli
Historical Examples of styli
There are also styli and an ointment slab and the seal of an oculist.Surgical Instruments in Greek and Roman Times
John Stewart Milne
- Also called: style a pointed instrument for engraving, drawing, or writing
- a tool used in ancient times for writing on wax tablets, which was pointed at one end and blunt at the other for erasing mistakes
- a device attached to the cartridge in the pick-up arm of a record player that rests in the groove in the record, transmitting the vibrations to the sensing device in the cartridge. It consists of or is tipped with a hard material, such as diamond or sapphire
Word Origin for stylus
Word Origin and History for styli
1728, "stem-like part of a flower pistil," alteration of Latin stilus "stake, stylus;" spelling influenced by Greek stylos "pillar" (see stet). Meaning "instrument for writing" is from 1807.
- A pencil-shaped structure.
- A pencil-shaped medicinal preparation for external application; as a medicated bougie.