widget

[wij-it]
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noun
  1. a small mechanical device, as a knob or switch, especially one whose name is not known or cannot be recalled; gadget: a row of widgets on the instrument panel.
  2. something considered typical or representative, as of a manufacturer's products: the widgets coming off the assembly line.
  3. Digital Technology. a module on a website, in an application, or in the interface of a device that allows users to access information or perform a function: I added a weather widget to my screen.

Origin of widget

First recorded in 1925–30; perhaps alteration of gadget
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widget

noun
  1. informal any small mechanism or device, the name of which is unknown or temporarily forgotten
  2. a small device in a beer can which, when the can is opened, releases nitrogen gas into the beer, giving it a head
  3. a small computer program that can be installed on and executed from the desktop of a personal computer

Word Origin for widget

C20: changed from gadget
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Word Origin and History for widget
n.

"gadget, small manufactured item," c.1920, American English, probably an alteration of gadget, perhaps based on which it.

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