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  • n. A small thumb-operated wheel on a mechanical or electronic device.


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  • ASTON, PENNSYLVANIA, U.S.A.: A touchscreen control now available for the Maguire® Weigh Scale Blender provides the same intuitive access as the company's widely used "thumbwheel" controller, plus fast response to operator inputs and an array of capabilities for meeting the requirements of processing jobs that are especially challenging, it was announced today by Maguire Products, Inc.

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  • Instead of trying to find a specific song on your iPod by turning the thumbwheel, you simply speak it.

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  •            Smile, feel the thumbwheel of the lighter against my index finger.


  •  Study the lighter, black plastic casing, rub my finger over thumbwheel slowly then ignite a small red flame that I proceed to blow out.


  • No need to sweat and waste your energy spinning the thumbwheel manually.

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  • Each time, Macdonald was able to recover by pushing the thumbwheel switch to tilt the nacelles forward and put the rotors into undisturbed air.

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  • Macdonald pushed the thumbwheel to tilt the nacelles forward as fast as they would go, all the way to airplane mode.

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  • To unlock when you take it out is handled with the thumbwheel or the * and then send button

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  • The HP iPaq 6500 has a centrally positioned thumbwheel; the Samsung i730 has a screen that slides back to reveal the keyboard, and the Nokia 9300 cracks open along its side to reveal its keyboard.

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  • The device includes a keyboard, thumbwheel for single-handed control and an internal antenna.

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