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!!
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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.
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an unnamed object name used for hypothetical examples
we make these 'widgets' and sell millions of them...
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generic term for an anonymous object
My father makes "widgets" (tools, food, cans, dildos) in a facotry
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wicked midgit, someone small and incredibly sadistic and evil
Nicole is such a widgit
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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.
by Chris August 10, 2005

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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.
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