|—n , pl -li, -luses|
|1.||Also called: style a pointed instrument for engraving, drawing, or writing|
|2.||a tool used in ancient times for writing on wax tablets, which was pointed at one end and blunt at the other for erasing mistakes|
|3.||a device attached to the cartridge in the pick-up arm of a record player that rests in the groove in the record, transmitting the vibrations to the sensing device in the cartridge. It consists of or is tipped with a hard material, such as diamond or sapphire|
|[C18: from Latin, variant of stilus writing implement; see |
stylus sty·lus (stī'ləs)
n. pl. sty·lus·es or sty·li (-lī)
A pencil-shaped structure.
A pencil-shaped medicinal preparation for external application; as a medicated bougie.
pointed instrument for writing and marking. The stylus was used in ancient times as a tool for writing on parchment or papyrus. The early Greeks incised letters on wax-covered boxwood tablets using a stylus made of a pointed shaft of metal, bone, or ivory. In the Middle Ages, schoolboys in Europe used similar instruments to write on wooden tablets coated with black or green wax, producing whitish marks that could be erased by rubbing with the rounded end. In modern times, a stylus is used for cutting stencils in duplicating or other reproduction processes and, in the phonograph industry, to cut the original grooves in phonograph records; the needle used to play phonograph records is also called a stylus
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