Stories We Like: Novels For Language Lovers
an element of a graphical user interface such as a button or scroll bar; also, a module of software for a personalized Web page
The widget allows you to have "things to be happy about" on your Web site.
: as though it were read aloud from the press release of a widget manufacturernoun
A mechanical, electrical, or electronic device; gadget, gizmo: It's three floors of sights, sounds, illusions, movements, gadgets, widgets, and gizmos/ not an activity I would recommend to anyone daunted by a widgit more complicated than a stapler (1920+)
[an alteration of gadget, perhaps based on hypothetical which it on the model of whatzit and whoozis]
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..."
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.