What is a widget?
There is no one thing called a widget. The term is used
generically like gadget or gizmo.
It's often used in an academic context, especially in business
schools or economics classes. For example, an economics professor
might talk to her students about "the supply and demand for
widgets," or a marketing teacher might ask his students to develop
"a plan for selling widgets." By using a generic term they keep
their students from being distracted by the item itself.
I believe originally the term widget was used in reference to a
device or article the name of which you had either forgotten or
never knew in the first place. For example: In the English brewing
industry the term widget is a applied to a small device found in
cans of beer which make the beer froth in a similar fashion to beer
pumped from a keg - it became known as a widget because no-one
could think of any other name for it.
In the brewing industry a widget is a small plastic or nylon
device which has small holes in it and is bottled or caned inside
the beer. Widgets then release small bubbles of nitrogen into the
packaged beer when the container is opened.
If you are thinking about Yahoo! Widgets, go to the official
website, http://widgets.yahoo.com/ then click on a button in the
upper right hand corner that says "What is a Widget?". Hope this is
what you were looking for.
a widget is a small window at the side of a computer screen
There also used to be a product called a widget. It was a hard
plastic yellow handle that held a razor blade, and could be used as
In Cell phone lingo a widget is a shortcut that is on the home
screen of your mobile phone. It is just a small picture and maybe a
one word description that you can click on and take you to that
Its synonymous with gadget/gizmo/doodad/contrivance/device.