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
Historical Examples of stylus
It consists of a tympanum or drum, having a stylus attached as in the phonograph.
The consequence was a vibration of the mica diaphragm to which the stylus was attached.
She was a fair child, her brow a tablet untouched by the stylus of sin.Melomaniacs
It has a diaphragm provided centrally with a blunt pin, or stylus.Practical Mechanics for Boys
J. S. Zerbe
Tucked under the blanket of one was a little book with stylus attached.Attrition
noun plural -li (-laɪ) or -luses
Word Origin 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.