noun, plural sty·li [stahy-lahy] /ˈstaɪ laɪ/, sty·lus·es.
- 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.
Origin of stylus
Examples from the Web for stylus
The consequence was a vibration of the mica diaphragm to which the stylus was attached.Heroes of the Telegraph|J. Munro
The recording diaphragm of a phonograph is a window pane bearing a stylus adapted to engrave a groove in a record blank.Cyclopedia of Telephony & Telegraphy Vol. 1|Kempster Miller
He is stern on paper, and ever he sets down his thoughts as though his stylus were a spear dipped in the blood of men.Cleopatra|H. Rider Haggard
In the early days of writing, a tablet was a book, a stylus the pen.A Voyage in the 'Sunbeam'|Annie Allnut Brassey
The duties of this office suspended his own creative work, and he did not live to take up again the novelist's stylus.
British Dictionary definitions for stylus
noun plural -li (-laɪ) or -luses
Word Origin for stylus
Word Origin and History for stylus
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.