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 Although it’s only been announced for a matter of hours, the new battery percentage indicator on the iPhone home screen has been causing waves. David Phelan, Forbes, 10 Aug. 2022 One mild irritation is that at startup, the system defaults to the rather pointless home screen that shows a clock and nothing else. Joe Lorio, Car and Driver, 20 May 2022 The passport will be delivered via text and email, and can be saved to a phone's home screen, according to the website. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4 May 2022 On iOS, Pages gets that larger file size publishing capability and the new VoiceOver features, plus the ability to insert page numbers anywhere and launch into a new document with a long-press action on the iPhone's home screen. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, 7 Apr. 2022 Despite all of this, many subscribers spend precious hours of their week aimlessly scrolling through the home screen. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 23 Feb. 2022 The home screen has been redesigned to include widgets for calendars, to-do lists, and shopping lists, among others, as well as support for picture-in-picture mode. Gear Team, Wired, 28 Sep. 2021 This special odds boost requires an opt-in, so players can accomplish this by finding the offer on the app’s home screen or in the promos tab. Xl Media, cleveland, 4 Apr. 2022 Then they’d be required to select their programming again from Locast’s home screen. Ron Hurtibise, sun-sentinel.com, 7 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of home screen

1948, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 Aug 2022

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“Home screen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/home%20screen. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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