/wij"it/, n.
1. a small mechanical device, as a knob or switch, esp. one whose name is not known or cannot be recalled; gadget: a row of widgets on the instrument panel.
2. something considered typical or representative, as of a manufacturer's products: the widgets coming off the assembly line.
[1925-30; perh. alter. of GADGET]

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      widely used type of Internet-based consumer software, particularly popular on social networking (social network) sites, that runs within a member's profile page. Widgets include games, quizzes, photo-manipulation tools, and news tickers. In their simplest form, they provide such features as videos, music players, photo viewers, weather forecasts, puzzles, or news headlines in a tiny area of a Web page otherwise devoted to social networking, on a personal blog, or on the desktops of some personal computers (personal computer). As the popularity of widgets has grown, several companies have begun to use them as an advertising medium.

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