Definition of Stylus

1. Noun. A sharp pointed device attached to the cartridge of a record player.

Group relationships: Cartridge, Pickup
Generic synonyms: Device
Terms within: Diamond Point
Specialized synonyms: Needle, Phonograph Needle



2. Noun. A pointed tool for writing or drawing or engraving. "He drew the design on the stencil with a steel stylus"
Exact synonyms: Style
Generic synonyms: Tool

Definition of Stylus

1. n. An instrument for writing. See Style, n., 1.

2. n. In a photograph, a pointed piece which is moved by the vibrations given to the diaphragm by a sound, and produces the indented record; also, a pointed piece which follows the indented record, vibrates the diaphragm, and reproduces the sound.

Definition of Stylus

1. Noun. A sharp stick used in ancient times for writing in clay tablets; a sharp tool for engraving. ¹

2. Noun. A phonograph needle. ¹

3. Noun. A small plastic stick used as a pen for writing on the touch sensitive screen of an electronic gadget. ¹

4. Noun. A tool for making small dots on a piece of heavy paper, used to produce Braille writing for the blind by hand. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Stylus

1. a pointed instrument for writing, marking, or engraving [n -LI or -LUSES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Stylus

stylometer
stylometers
stylometric
stylometrics
stylometry
stylommatophorous
stylophone
stylophones
stylopodia
stylopodium
stylos
stylostatistical
stylostatistics
stylostixis
stylotypite
stylus (current term)
stylus printer
styluses
styme
stymed
stymes
stymie
stymied
stymieing
stymies
styming
stymy
stymying
styphnate
styphnates

Literary usage of Stylus

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1. The Babylonian Expedition of the University of Pennsylvania by Hermann Vollrat Hilprecht (1906)
"The circle was made by pressing the stylus perpendicularly into the soft clay; ... THE stylus. The determination of the character of the stylus which the ..."

2. Steel Rails: Their History, Properties, Strength and Manufacture, with Notes by William Hamilton Sellew (1913)
"was encountered with the stylus on account of the excessive vibration and ... This is so constructed as to make the stylus spring always work in tension, ..."

3. The Popular Science Monthly by Harry Houdini Collection (Library of Congress) (1888)
"a sheet of paper, and with the stylus trace the letters of the alphabet, rounding the angles and neglecting the connect i< >ns. ..."

4. Museum of Antiquity: A Description of Ancient Life, the Employments by Levi W. Yaggy, Thomas Louis Haines (1886)
"... the absence of the knots, or joints, marks it to be a stylus. Another of these instruments leans against the open book. T*BUL.S, stylus, AND PAPYRUS. ..."

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