Stylus

Sty"lus

(?), n. [L. stylus, or better stilus.] 1. An instrument for writing. See Style, n., 1.
[1913 Webster]

2. 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.
[PJC]

3. 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.
[PJC]

4. (Computers) A pen-shaped pointing device used to specify the cursor position on a graphics tablet.
[PJC]

{

Sty"mie

(?), n. Also

Sti"my

}. [Orig. uncertain.] (Golf) The position of two balls on the putting green such that, being more than six inches apart, one ball lies directly between the other and the hole at which the latter must be played; also, the act of bringing the balls into this position.
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]

{

Sty"mie

, v. t. Also

Sti"my

}. (Golf) To bring into the position of, or impede by, a stymie.
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]

 

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