home screen


Definition of home screen

1 : television sense 2 … it's the kind of movie that plays better on the home screen, where you're less likely to miss any of the fiendishly witty lines of the screenplay … and can replay some of the stunning special effects.— Molly Haskell TV viewers soon may be seeing some of their black-and-white film favorites blushing with new color on the home screen.— Ron Miller
2 : the graphical user interface that is displayed by default by an electronic device (such as a smartphone or computer) or software application and that provides quick access to commonly used functions, settings, etc. [Journalist Catherine] Price's suggestions range from the extreme, such as a "digital sabbath" during which you turn your phone off for 24 hours, to the seemingly slight, such as reorganising your phone's home screen so you can't see the bright, tempting colours of your favourite apps the second you turn it on.— Caroline Crampton The Netflix interface—the home screen that greets users when they open the app—is constantly evolving.— James Titcomb

Examples of home screen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Swiping up to return to the home screen achieves the same goal. Chris Smith, BGR, 1 Apr. 2021 If your phone is sitting on your desk open to the home screen, the refresh rate slows down to save battery power. Jim Rossman, Dallas News, 25 Mar. 2021 Scrolling down from these initial home screen options brings you to a selection of further content ‘shelves’. John Archer, Forbes, 19 Mar. 2021 The compatibility was excellent, and there were no hiccups in getting to the home screen. Allen Foster, chicagotribune.com, 4 Mar. 2021 It’s a fun, easy, and useful app that takes up a prominent place on my home screen. John Brandon, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2021 The remote has a lot of handy features including buttons to take you straight to the Guide, the TVision home screen's more app-centric display or the DVR. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 1 Nov. 2020 Offloading an app keeps the icon on your home screen while deleting most of the app’s data. Dana Rose Falcone, chicagotribune.com, 12 Mar. 2021 Now section in the center of the new home screen is really the heart of LG’s latest smart interface. John Archer, Forbes, 19 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of home screen

1948, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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22 May 2021

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“Home screen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/home%20screen. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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