Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a telecommunications hand tool used to work on punchdown blocks without shorting terminals. It has a hook on one end and a notched blade on the other.
  • n. a computer technician’s tool used as a pry bar and probe for plastic parts.
  • n. an electronics tool made of nylon filled with glass, for holding components while soldering.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An implement for tamping, stirring, or mixing.

Etymologies

1425–75; late Middle English spuddle ("short knife"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But working with a tool called a spudger, it took Soules only 10 minutes to separate the iPad's handsome, 9. 7-inch facing from its silver-backed casing.

    FinanzNachrichten.de: Aktuelle Nachrichten

  • Besides heat guns for melting seals, suction cups for maneuvering screens, and a small hooked stick called a spudger, some less conventional instruments sometimes come into play.

    Reuters: Top News

  • But working with a tool called a spudger, it took Soules only 10 minutes to separate the iPad's handsome, 24. 6cm facing from its silver-backed casing.

    Taipei Times

  • Basically a spudger is a small pick-tool used for manipulating wires, throwing DIP switches, removing jumpers, cleaning crud from contacts, any task that requires close-in picking, pushing, prying, or scraping.

    Daily DIY

  • So spudger, would one be a pillar of salt and the other a pillar of Ms Dash?

    Think Progress » Rumsfeld Allies Launch Smear Campaign Against NATO General

  • It only required a T5 Torx driver and a plastic spudger to get at its guts.

    Ars Technica

  • Insert a metal spudger between the display and the rear case to pry the iPad open.

    Daring Fireball

  • If, for some geeky reason, you want to take apart your new trackpad to see the magic within for yourself you will need the following: a heat gun, soldering iron, tweezer, spudger and iPod opening tools.

    PCWorld

  • For one, it's pretty easy to do the initial disassembly with a plastic spudger -- you won't need a heat gun or other intensive equipment.

    PCWorld

  • Disconnect the battery connector from the logic board with the flat end of a spudger.

    cellular-news

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