Definition of pointing device in US English:

pointing device


  • A generic term for any device (e.g., a graphics tablet, mouse, stylus, pointing stick, or trackball) used to control the movement of a cursor on a computer screen.

    • ‘Examples of classes are audio devices; pointing devices, such as mice and touchpads; keyboards; joysticks; IDE disks; and tty devices.’
    • ‘It has built-in WiFi and Bluetooth, as well as a touchpad as its pointing device.’
    • ‘There's also a USB connector for pointing devices.’
    • ‘He outfitted them with then-state-of-the-art PCs and cobbled together head-mounted pointing devices to control the screen cursor.’
    • ‘It uses a touchpad pointing device with a side-scrolling area.’


pointing device

/ˈpɔɪn(t)ɪŋ dəˌvaɪs/