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 for widget
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  widget
      n 1: something unspecified whose name is either forgotten or not
           known; "she eased the ball-shaped doodad back into its
           socket"; "there may be some great new gizmo around the
           corner that you will want to use" [syn: doodad,
           doohickey, doojigger, gimmick, gizmo, gismo,
           gubbins, thingamabob, thingumabob, thingmabob,
           thingamajig, thingumajig, thingmajig, thingummy,
           whatchamacallit, whatchamacallum, whatsis, widget]
      2: a device or control that is very useful for a particular job
         [syn: appliance, contraption, contrivance,
         convenience, gadget, gizmo, gismo, widget]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  38 Moby Thesaurus words for "widget":
     affair, article, artifact, concern, dingus, dofunny, dohickey,
     dojigger, dojiggy, domajig, domajigger, doodad, dowhacky, eppes,
     etwas, flumadiddle, gadget, gigamaree, gimmick, gizmo, hickey,
     hootenanny, hootmalalie, jigger, material thing, object,
     quelque chose, something, thing, thingum, thingumabob, thingumadad,
     thingumadoodle, thingumajig, thingumajigger, thingumaree,
     thingummy, whatchy
  
  

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  widget
   n.
  
      1. A meta-thing. Used to stand for a real object in didactic examples
      (especially database tutorials). Legend has it that the original widgets
      were holders for buggy whips. ?But suppose the parts list for a widget has
      52 entries....?
  
      2. [poss.: evoking ?window gadget?] A user interface object in X
      graphical user interfaces.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  widget
  
     1.  A placeholder term used to stand for a real object in
     didactic examples (especially database tutorials).  Legend has it
     that the original widgets were holders for buggy whips.  "But
     suppose the parts list for a widget has 52 entries..."
  
     2. In a graphical user interface, a combination of a graphic
     symbol and some program code to perform a specific function.
     E.g. a scroll-bar or button. [possibly evoking "window gadget"]
     Windowing systems usually provide widget libraries containing
     commonly used widgets drawn in a certain style and with consistent
     behaviour.
  
     In Microsoft Windows GUI programming, these are generally known
     as "controls".
  
     [{Jargon File]
  

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