home screen

noun
|Updated on: 15 Jun 2018

Definition of home screen

1 : television 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

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First Known Use of home screen

1948

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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