Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small mechanical device or control; a gadget.
  • n. An unnamed or hypothetical manufactured article.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A placeholder name for an unnamed, unspecified, or hypothetical manufactured good or product.
  • n. Portable code that can be easily installed and executed by an end user.
  • n. A floating widget or other device inside a beer can, meant to create foam when opened
  • n. A small scraping tool consisting of a blade and a handle, commonly used to remove paint from glass and other smooth surfaces
  • n. Any one of the components of a computer application's graphical user interface, such as a Cancel button or text input box that a user interacts with.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a device or control that is very useful for a particular job
  • n. something unspecified whose name is either forgotten or not known

Etymologies

Perhaps alteration of gadget.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Coined by George S. Kaufman in his play Beggar on Horseback (1924). (Wiktionary)
Borrowed as a shortened form of “window gadget” (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I can't get the label widget to show up either, and haven't braved the task of wrecking and rebuilding my template to see if that will allow me to show off a list of labels in the nav, which basically trumps Previous Posts in terms of pure browsing pleasure anyway.

    Archive 2007-01-01

  • In Speculationism the term widget can, in the new textbooks, apply equally well to the things produced and the means of producing them.

    The Wall Street Examiner

  • Calling show () draws the label widget's window on the screen.

    Harsh J

  • To demonstrate this, let's create another label widget by adding the following  code in the GWTTrainingWidgets. java file: Label label2 = new Label (\ "Where Advanced Learning Begins\"); RootPanel. get (). add (label2); label2 also has the same appearance as the first label because it also inherits from. gwt -  Label CSS name.

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  • The label widget CSS is. gwt-Label {}  Add the following to the / war / GWTTraining. css to change the appearance of the  label widget:. gwt-Label {background-color: silver; color: green; text-align-center; border-style: groove; border-width: thick; border-color: navy;}

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  • This widget is also an excellent replacement for your book-cover image on your website or blog.

    Writer Unboxed » Blog Archive » Take Five Interview: Vikram Narayan, CEO of BookBuzzr

  • At about three inches, the widget is the perfect baitfish size, and the little wings it has to keep it upright in the bottle make it spin and flutter in the water.

    There's A Lure In Your Beer Bottle

  • Kaj Häggman commented that a widget is a very personal thing and there is a possibility to put an ad in that space that is not intrusive.

    May « 2007 « Innovation Cloud

  • This became a major issue as the label widget became so lengthy and it badly affected my blog’s arrangements.

    How to Display Labels in a Drop Down Menu (Useful Blogger Hack)

  • A Google Docs Presentation widget is similar to SlideShare services.

    Web Teacher › Google Web Elements

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