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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (2)

1. something unspecified whose name is either forgotten or not known;
- Example: "she eased the ball-shaped doodad back into its socket"
- Example: "there may be some great new gizmo around the corner that you will want to use"
[syn: doodad, doohickey, doojigger, gimmick, gizmo, gismo, gubbins, thingamabob, thingumabob, thingmabob, thingamajig, thingumajig, thingmajig, thingummy, whatchamacallit, whatchamacallum, whatsis, widget]

2. a device or control that is very useful for a particular job;
[syn: appliance, contraption, contrivance, convenience, gadget, gizmo, gismo, widget]


WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

widget n 1: something unspecified whose name is either forgotten or not known; "she eased the ball-shaped doodad back into its socket"; "there may be some great new gizmo around the corner that you will want to use" [syn: doodad, doohickey, doojigger, gimmick, gizmo, gismo, gubbins, thingamabob, thingumabob, thingmabob, thingamajig, thingumajig, thingmajig, thingummy, whatchamacallit, whatchamacallum, whatsis, widget] 2: a device or control that is very useful for a particular job [syn: appliance, contraption, contrivance, convenience, gadget, gizmo, gismo, widget]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

38 Moby Thesaurus words for "widget": affair, article, artifact, concern, dingus, dofunny, dohickey, dojigger, dojiggy, domajig, domajigger, doodad, dowhacky, eppes, etwas, flumadiddle, gadget, gigamaree, gimmick, gizmo, hickey, hootenanny, hootmalalie, jigger, material thing, object, quelque chose, something, thing, thingum, thingumabob, thingumadad, thingumadoodle, thingumajig, thingumajigger, thingumaree, thingummy, whatchy
The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003):

widget n. 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. [poss.: evoking ?window gadget?] A user interface object in X graphical user interfaces.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):

widget 1. A placeholder term 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. In a graphical user interface, a combination of a graphic symbol and some program code to perform a specific function. E.g. a scroll-bar or button. [possibly evoking "window gadget"] Windowing systems usually provide widget libraries containing commonly used widgets drawn in a certain style and with consistent behaviour. In Microsoft Windows GUI programming, these are generally known as "controls". [Jargon File]