1. A small mechanical device or control; a gadget.
2. An unnamed or hypothetical manufactured article.
a. An element of a GUI, such as a text box or button, that displays information or settings that can be entered or altered by the user.
b. A program that performs some simple function, such as providing a weather report or stock quote, and can be accessed from a computer desktop, webpage, mobile phone or subscription television service.
[Perhaps alteration of GADGET.]
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