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joystick

[joi-stik] /ˈdʒɔɪˌstɪk/
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
1905-1910
1905-10; joy + stick1
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Examples from the web for joystick
  • Her right hand grasped a joystick as she watched a horizontal series of lights on a display panel.
  • The subject has the option to reroute the train using a joystick.
  • Researchers report that monkeys fed themselves using robotic arms controlled mentally-no joystick required.
  • In the study, the volunteers used a joystick to move a cursor to a target on a computer screen.
  • At first, the monkeys learned to control the arm with a joystick.
  • When the aurora shows up, he scans it from a control room downstairs by moving a joystick that turns the equipment platform.
  • The wearer is able to control the action on the screen without using a button or a joystick.
  • All this information is relayed to the operator as torque applied to the master robot's joystick.
  • Instead of a tiller, it has a computer-style joystick.
  • And the game is easy to control with the two options available: virtual joystick or buttons.
British Dictionary definitions for joystick

joystick

/ˈdʒɔɪˌstɪk/
noun
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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Word Origin and History for joystick
n.

also joy stick, 1910, aviators' slang for the control lever of an airplane, from joy + stick (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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joystick in Technology
hardware, games
A device consisting of a hand held stick that pivots about one end and transmits its angle in two dimensions to a computer. Joysticks are often used to control games, and usually have one or more push-buttons whose state can also be read by the computer. Most I/O interface cards for IBM PCs have a joystick (game control) port.
(1995-03-08)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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