A stylus is a tool with a hard, pointed end that you use for writing or drawing. Today, you can also a stylus to virtually "write" on an electronic tablet, computer, or smartphone.

Styli (or styluses) were originally used in ancient Greece and Rome to scratch writing into wax tablets; the blunt end of the stylus worked as an eraser, smudging the words out. Artists also use styli for shaping clay. If you're lucky enough to have an old-fashioned record player, you know that stylus also refers to the "needle" that fits into the grooves of the record and plays it.

Definitions of stylus
  1. noun
    a pointed tool for writing or drawing or engraving
    “he drew the design on the stencil with a steel stylus
    synonyms: style
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    type of:
    an implement used in the practice of a vocation
  2. noun
    a sharp pointed device attached to the cartridge of a record player
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    needle, phonograph needle
    a stylus that formerly made sound by following a groove in a phonograph record
    type of:
    an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose
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