1. General-purpose term for any hypothetical object, esp. used in textbook demonstrations.

2. A floating widget is found inside cans of beer where it collects nitrogen from the fluid and forecefully releases it upon opening, creating a foamy head in imitation of draught beer.

3. In programming, a widget is a graphical component often used to build a graphical user interface.
Adam Smith's factory manufactured 120,000 widgets per annum at four pence each.
por Belisarius 02 de Março de 2004
an unnamed object name used for hypothetical examples
we make these 'widgets' and sell millions of them...
por w derossett 29 de Janeiro de 2003
wicked midgit, someone small and incredibly sadistic and evil
Nicole is such a widgit
por Gidgit 10 de Junho de 2005
generic term for an anonymous object
My father makes "widgets" (tools, food, cans, dildos) in a facotry
por duffin 21 de Junho de 2005
In Mac OS X 10.4 and later, a HTML/Java/CSS based class of applications which runs on a separate desktop layer called the Dashboard. Dashboard is invoked by pressing F12 (default, can be changed in System Preferences) or by clicking on the Dashboard icon in the dock. They are meant to provide quick access to frequently used information, often live updated from the internet. For example, Apple includes a world clock, a flight tracker and a calculator, among others. Hundreds are available for download around the internet. See also Konfabulator, a similar system which predated the launch of OS X 10.4.
Don't bother with the fedex webpage, you can track that package with a widget instead.

Windows user: whoa, that's cool, how'd you do that?
Mac user: Those are dashboard widgets.
Windows user: Can I do that?
Mac User: No. Sucks to be you, doesn't it.
Windows user: I like typewriters.
por Chris 10 de Agosto de 2005
a device that is very useful for a particular job gadget,gizmo
Widget means any device generic to the reference. In some machine, it would be a small device having its own function. In software, widgets are small components with specific application/use.
por Nag 17 de Abril de 2005
A small purple alien shapeshifter from the early 1990's tv show, "Widget the Wolrd Watcher"
Widget comes on too f'ing early in the morning!!
por Meg 06 de Maio de 2004

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