• WordNet 3.6
    • n stylus a pointed tool for writing or drawing or engraving "he drew the design on the stencil with a steel stylus"
    • n stylus a sharp pointed device attached to the cartridge of a record player
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Stylus (Computers) A pen-shaped pointing device used to specify the cursor position on a graphics tablet.
    • Stylus An instrument for writing. See Style n., 1.
    • Stylus That needle-shaped part at the tip of the playing arm of phonograph which sits in the groove of a phonograph record while it is turning, to detect the undulations in the phonograph groove and convert them into vibrations which are transmitted to a system (since 1920 electronic) which converts the signal into sound; also called needle. The stylus is frequently composed of a hard metal or of diamond.
    • Stylus The needle-like device used to cut the grooves which record the sound on the original disc during recording of a phonograph record; it is moved by the vibrations given to the diaphragm by a sound, and produces the indented record.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n stylus A sponge-spicule of the monaxon uniradiate type, sharp at one end and not at the other. It is regarded as an oxea one of whose rays is suppressed.
    • n stylus In entomology, a style or stylet.
    • n stylus In a phonograph, a pointed part which rests on the diaphragm and is moved by the vibrations induced in the latter by sound-waves. It is used to produce the record of sounds upon the phonographic cylinders, and also to reproduce the sounds thus recorded.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Stylus a style, pen
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. stylus, or better stilus,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. stilus.


In literature:

So, let us see:" (and the "horse-dealer" took up his tablet and began writing with his stylus) "Your name?
"The Brass Bell" by Eugène Sue
To escape the sun he rolled the table back a little way, then continued, using the ivory-pointed tracing-stylus.
"A Young Man in a Hurry" by Robert W. Chambers
In writing, the characters were traced with the stylus on waxed tablets.
"History of Education" by Levi Seeley
While she was gone, Jason chewed the end of a stylus thoughtfully, then made some careful notes.
"Deathworld" by Harry Harrison
No one will question it when we are done: the very ink in the stylus you carry will be duplicated.
"Astounding Stories, May, 1931" by Various
It was as usual and as indicated as were papyrus and the stylus.
"The Lords of the Ghostland" by Edgar Saltus
Give me the parchment and stylus.
"A Christian But a Roman" by Mór Jókai
For one moment she hesitated; then she quickly signed her name, and gave tablets and stylus back again.
"A Struggle for Rome, v. 1" by Felix Dahn
With his triangular stylus he indents the covenant in soft clay.
"Oriental Women" by Edward Bagby Pollard
She must work it out with a stylus in smooth clay.
"A Woman's Place" by Mark Irvin Clifton
The complete stylus is given in the drawings, Figs.
"Wireless Transmission of Photographs" by Marcus J. Martin
In her right hand she holds a stylus, in the left a tablet.
"History of the Postage Stamps of the United States of America" by John Kerr Tiffany
This writing was made by the impression of a stylus on blocks or cakes of fine clay while still quite soft.
"Man, Past and Present" by Agustus Henry Keane
Even in omnibuses he was to be seen scribbling hard with a stylus, and neglecting to attend to the conductor.
"The King of Schnorrers" by Israel Zangwill
The wav'ring stylus scarce obey'd The hand, that once an empire sway'd!
"Dealings with the Dead, Volume I (of 2)" by A Sexton of the Old School
This kind of a pen was called a stylus.
"Hurlbut's Life of Christ For Young and Old" by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
In the first place, the record remains stationary while the trumpet, diaphragm and stylus pass over it.
"The Romance of Modern Invention" by Archibald Williams
If the size be too thick the color will be drawn along by the stylus and cannot be cut clean through.
"The Progress of the Marbling Art" by Josef Halfer
The stylus of care and of responsibility, assumed in an arena the most atrocious, had drawn deep grooves on his brow.
"Makers and Romance of Alabama History" by B. F. Riley
As the waxed disc and pan are revolved, the stylus and diaphragm are gradually moved by gears toward the center of the disc.
"The Progress of Invention in the Nineteenth Century." by Edward W. Byrn

In news:

Epson took the popular Stylus Photo R800 and supersized its abilities with the Stylus Photo R1800.
The Epson Stylus Photo 1200 takes up little desk space but produces big, beautiful color prints.
"If you see a stylus , they blew it," he said in 2010.
NuScribe Stylus does double duty as pen, stylus .
Pogo Stylus Giveaway Official Rules.
Epson Markets Stylus Pro Printers.
Auto-sensing steadies stylus for part marking.
TUCSON, AZ-Bruker Nano Surfaces Division has shipped 100 DektakXT Stylus Surface Profiling System since the product launched last April.
Stylus Magazine, Respected Online Music Publication, Will Fold After Halloween.
Have stylus , will travel.
Griffin Launches Stylus + Pen + Laser Pointer,'Digital Swiss Army Knife' for the Modern Day Consumer and Business Professional.
Bed Bath & Beyond and Amazon Now Carrying iHangy™ Necklace/Keychain with Stylus .
The HTC Flyer's stylus will retail separately for $79.99, according to Best Buy's Web site.
Lopinot photographer Olympus Stylus Tough 8010 Digital Camera.
With Stylus , Er, 'S-Pen,' Samsung Puts A Tool Apple Scorned To Work In Its Flagship Tablet.

In science:

She pulls out the stylus pen, clicks keyboard icon and taps the alphabet key to input her question.
Human Information Processing with the Personal Memex
One can write, draw and use complex notations on paper without having to worry about lags, proper handwriting display, touch and stylus detection, etc. P4’s quote about pen and paper responding immediately and flawlessly to the author’s hand movements and whims sums up why paper works so well for brainstorming.
Examining Motivations behind Paper Usage in Academia