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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR GADGETS

He was running all over the auditorium testing your voice with one of his gadgets.

I've got gadgets galore, even though I'm between planets at the moment.

It's a little like the jamming, but with music instead of gadgets.

Housework is something for gadgets to take care of, with maids to run the gadgets.

Scattered here and there in staggering confusion were the machines, the gadgets, the unknown things.

He lifted a hand for silence: then his fingers leaped among the gadgets on the table.

The closest scrutiny revealed no trace of "gadgets" or of any artifice that had enabled him to thus lift the filled bowl.

Servo-mechanisms, appliances and gadgets of many kinds for the home, office and industry.

In brief, you were errand boy to a bunch of gadgets, with nothing to do but look important.

Well, they're red rags to me, all these gadgets out of the half-baked mess they've stirred up by spying on our insides.

WORD ORIGIN

1886, gadjet (but said to date back to 1850s), sailors' slang word for any small mechanical thing or part of a ship for which they lacked, or forgot, a name; perhaps from French gâchette "catchpiece of a mechanism" (15c.), diminutive of gâche "staple of a lock."

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