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Widget is a placeholder name for an unnamed, unspecified, or hypothetical manufactured good or product. The word was coined by George S. Kaufman in his play Beggar on Horseback (1924).
This meaning has been extended in various ways:
- Software widget, a generic type of software application comprising portable code intended for one or more different software platforms
- Widget (GUI), a control element in a graphical user interface – an element of interaction, such as a button or a scroll bar.
- Widget toolkit, a software library containing a collection of GUI widgets that collaborate when used in the construction of applications
- Web widget, an applet intended to be used within web pages
- The MediaWiki Widgets extension and related widget collections
- Widget drive, a hard drive used only in the Apple Lisa computer system
- Widget (beer), a device placed in cans and bottles of beer to aid in the generation of froth
- E-9A Widget, a turboprop airliner
Arts and entertainment
- Widget (Marvel Comics), a comic book character, an alternate version of Shadowcat from the Days of Future Past timeline
- Widget (TV series) or Widget the World Watcher, a 1990s animated television series
- Widget (video game), based on the TV series
- Widget, a character on the cartoon Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!
- Widget, a character on the cartoon Cyberchase