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Whatsit

A generic term for any product, especially a manufactured product. It is used in text books and academic papers to provide an example without using specifics. A whatsit is a less common term than a widget, and usually is used if the example includes two products: widgets and whatsits.
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Now Whosit & Whatsit founder Miss Atkinson has designs on transforming it back to its former glory, and much of the repair costs and rip-out work has already been carried out.
99 pbk); One step up are the Rita and Whatsit paperbacks with the 2 friends at school, the beach etc ($10.
For the early part of the evening the children were enthralled by the very excellent i 5 live team, with guest appearances by Bob the Builder and his Fix It team - a huge hit with Harry and Lily - and Gizmo, Doobley and Whatsit (collectively known as the Widgets) with their amazingly catchy songs.
The Mother-Showman performs as shaman for her "Great Chain of Being" that formerly bottomed out at number eight, the Whatsit, described by The Mother-Showman as "So backward that her cyclops eye / will see into yr future" (34).
Wafi whatsit, cash builder and Rog and Peter playing guess the answer with each other.
As Toot says, "He knew that the best present was usually something you made yourself, a one-of-kind thingamajig, not just a whatsit anyone could buy in a store.
The blood after we spear one, and whatsit, the blood of Antidesma parvifolium fruit, it will bleed when we spray the juice 'kuwik' [said without vocalisation in imitation of the spraying] (7) and it will then hop off bleeding.
Whatsit reveals the names of some of "the fighters" against the Powers of Darkness.
Here's Roger's job description of the elite performance whatsit.
Dolphin began his article with a negative blast at Alberta Premier Ralph Klein, and then called Klein's Metis wife Colleen "a whatsit.
I was a gnat's whatsit from going back,' said Hoddle, now clearly more than happy he waited a further ten months for the vacancy at Wolves to come up.