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"widget" in British English

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widgetnoun [C]

uk   /ˈwɪdʒ.ɪt/  us   /ˈwɪdʒ.ɪt/
informal any ​smalldevice whose ​name you have ​forgotten or do not ​know
an ​imaginedsmallproduct made by a ​company: Let's ​assume the ​company makes ten ​centsprofit on every widget they ​sell.
a ​piece of ​software that is used on a ​page of a ​website to give the ​userchanginginformation of a ​particulartype in a ​smallarea of the ​computerscreen: This new widget will ​bringfreshcontent to ​yourwebsite every ​hour.
(Definition of widget from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"widget" in Business English

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widgetnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈwɪdʒɪt/ informal
INTERNET, IT a ​smallcomputerprogram, usually ​connected with an ​image, that can be ​added to a ​website to ​allow the ​user to do something. For ​example, you might ​click on a widget to ​find out ​weather or ​stockmarketinformation: The ​survey showed that more than 300 million widgets were used on the web last month. Widgets ​let you ​display Twitter ​updates on your ​website or ​socialnetworkpage.
IT one of many ​smallcomputerprograms that make up what you see on a ​computerscreen, and that ​allow you to take particular ​actions. A widget might be a ​button that you ​click on, or a scrollbar (= ​strip at the ​side of the ​screen used for ​moving its ​contents up, down, or sideways), etc.: This ​shortvideoshows someone ​trying every widget on the application's ​interface.
PRODUCTION an imaginary ​product, used in explanations, school ​books, etc. as an ​example of a company's typical ​product: What if a ​hypotheticalcompany, Futuristic, Inc. has a 250% ​increase in ​demand for Widget A that it is not prepared to ​handle. One ​area of ​e-commerce that is expected to ​grow rapidly is ​onlinebusiness-to-businessauctions which ​allow, say, widget ​producers and widget ​users to make ​directdeals.
UK informal a ​smalltool or other useful ​object that you do not know the ​name of: The ​companyoffers a huge ​range of widgets for ​customers who need to ​mend their ​gadgets and ​smallappliances. The helmet has a clever widget ​attached that will ​record your ​experience as you ​cycle down the ​mountain.
(Definition of widget from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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