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widget

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
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widget

(1)
A meta-thing. Used to stand for a real object in didactic examples (especially database tutorials). Legend has it that the original widgets were holders for buggy whips. "But suppose the parts list for a widget has 52 entries..."

widget

(2)
[possibly evoking "window gadget"] In graphical user interfaces, a combination of a graphic symbol and some program code to perform a specific function. E.g. a scroll-bar or button. Windowing systems usually provide widget libraries containing commonly used widgets drawn in a certain style and with consistent behaviour.
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widget

(1) An icon-based user interface such as found on smartphones and tablets. See widget-based interface.

(2) Elements in a graphical user interface (GUI). See widget set.

(3) A mini app that displays a small amount of information on screen at all times and interacts with the user. Search box, clock, weather, calculator and stock market widgets are typical examples. The widget may be waiting for input from the user, such as a search box, or be "live" and actively display changes like the weather and stock market. In the Windows world, a widget is a gadget. See widget-based interface.

Widgets Forever
For decades, a widget has been a popular English word for a placeholder name when the actual object is not known or not important, and it may be used with other fictitious names, such as "10 widgets and 5 frabbits."


Mac Dashboard Widgets
These thesaurus, weather, language translator, stock market quotes, converter, calculator and notepad are examples of widgets on the Mac (see Mac Dashboard).







Android Widgets
Tapping the weather widget (top) takes the user to more details in the app. The color in the Active Applications widget turns red when CPU resources are heavily taxed, and the Google widget provides a quick way to search without having to go to the Google app.


Android Widgets
Tapping the weather widget (top) takes the user to more details in the app. The color in the Active Applications widget turns red when CPU resources are heavily taxed, and the Google widget provides a quick way to search without having to go to the Google app.
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