joy stick

joystick

[joi-stik]
noun
1.
Informal. the control stick of an airplane, tank, or other vehicle.
2.
Computers. a lever resembling this, used to control movement of a cursor or other graphic element for video games and computer graphics. Compare mouse ( def 4 ), stylus ( def 3 ).
3.
any leverlike switch for controlling, manipulating, guiding, or the like.
Also, joy stick.


Origin:
1905–10; joy + stick1

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joystick (ˈdʒɔɪˌstɪk)
 
n
1.  informal the control stick of an aircraft or of any of various machines
2.  computing a lever by means of which the display on a screen may be controlled used esp for games, flight simulators, etc

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