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.
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.
- Also style (for defs. 1, 2).
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How to use stylus in a sentence
If you go for a brand that allows you to use a stylus to input information, you’ll want to be sure it has palm-rejection technology.Best 2 in 1 laptops: Work hard, play hard with these versatile picks | PopSci Commerce Team | January 27, 2021 | Popular-Science
There are even options for stylus users, if you’re taking advantage of the touchscreen capabilities of Windows.How to completely customize the way you control Windows | David Nield | January 15, 2021 | Popular-Science
Lenovo launches AR glasses for enterpriseThe laptop also sports a built-in stylus for use with the touchscreen.Lenovo introduces a wireless charging mat for its e-ink sporting laptop | Brian Heater | January 12, 2021 | TechCrunch
Meanwhile, stylus pens and detachable keyboards can go a long way towards making a tablet useful for passive entertainment and allow it to serve as a functional tool.Best Android tablet: Find the right device for you | Eric Alt | December 17, 2020 | Popular-Science
Premium features include high-resolution touchscreen technology, fast speed, extra storage, swivel screens, backlit keys, and stylus pens.
Enter the iSpoon, a conventional stirrer on one end and a tablet stylus on the other.The Daily Beast’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Richard Hendriks in Your Life | Allison McNearney | November 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Available at Metrokane iSpoon Kitchen stylus, $10 The modern cook has a new best friend: the Internet.The Daily Beast’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Richard Hendriks in Your Life | Allison McNearney | November 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
A flat polished surface or tablets, strewn with sand, on which figures were inscribed with a stylus.The Earliest Arithmetics in English | Anonymous
Over his left ear, he carried, after the fashion of a modern clerk, an instrument resembling the stylus of the ancients.The Works of Edgar Allan Poe | Edgar Allan Poe
The dots and dashes representing the words were not drawn with pen and ink, but embossed on the paper with a metal stylus.
A vibrating diaphragm to collect the sounds, and a stylus to impress them on a sheet of tinfoil, were its essential parts.
He attached the pin or stylus to the centre of the mica, and brought its point to bear on a cylindrical surface of prepared chalk.
British Dictionary definitions for stylus
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
- stylar, adjective
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