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WIDGET

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does widget mean? 

WIDGET (noun)
  The noun WIDGET has 2 senses:

1. something unspecified whose name is either forgotten or not known
2. a device or control that is very useful for a particular job

  Familiarity information: WIDGET used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


WIDGET (noun)


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Meaning:

Something unspecified whose name is either forgotten or not known

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

thingmajig; thingumabob; thingumajig; thingummy; whatchamacallit; whatchamacallum; whatsis; thingmabob; thingamajig; thingamabob; gubbins; gizmo; gismo; doojigger; doohickey; doodad; widget; gimmick

Context examples:

she eased the ball-shaped doodad back into its socket / there may be some great new gizmo around the corner that you will want to use

Hypernyms ("widget" is a kind of...):

stuff (miscellaneous unspecified objects)


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Meaning:

A device or control that is very useful for a particular job

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

appliance; contraption; contrivance; gadget; widget; gizmo; gismo; convenience

Hypernyms ("widget" is a kind of...):

device (an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "widget"):

gadgetry (appliances collectively)

gimbal (an appliance that allows an object (such as a ship's compass) to remain horizontal even as its support tips)

injector (a contrivance for injecting (e.g., water into the boiler of a steam engine or particles into an accelerator etc.))

mod con (modern convenience; the appliances and conveniences characteristic of a modern house)


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