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 for pointing device
From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  pointing device
  
      Any hardware component that allows a user to input
     spatial data to a computer.  CAD systems and Graphical User
     Interfaces (GUI) allow the user to control and provide data
     to the computer using physical "gestures" - point, click,
     and drag - typically by moving a hand-held mouse across
     the surface of the physical desktop and activating switches on
     the mouse.  Movements of the pointing device are echoed on a
     graphical representation of a desktop on the screen by
     movements of the mouse pointer and other visual changes.
  
     While the most common pointing device by far is a mouse, other
     kinds include tracker ball, trackpad, lightpen, various
     kinds of digitising tablets which use a stylus, and even a
     special "{data glove" that translates the user's movements to
     computer gestures.
  
     (1997-02-03)
  

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