on-screen

adverb or adjective \ ˈȯn-ˈskrēn , ˈän- \
variants: or onscreen

Definition of on-screen

1 : in a motion picture or a television program
  • But the makers of the 1958 movie understood that this most subtle of writers was telling a tale about the froth of life, and they celebrated it on-screen with gusto.
  • —Gerald Asher
  • The sixth-grader reportedly earned $1 million for starring in the upcoming My Girl, which pairs him with Anna Chlumsky for his first onscreen kiss.
  • —Alexander Tresniowski
2 : on a computer or television screen
  • You can watch a football game, see a small icon onscreen offering player statistics, click it with the remote, and view the stats.
  • —Edward W. Desmond
  • … handheld joysticks and gamepads that jolt and jar with the on-screen action.
  • —Leigh Gallagher

First Known Use of on-screen

1929

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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ON-SCREEN Defined for English Language Learners

on-screen

Definition of on-screen for English Language Learners

  • : in a movie or television program

  • : on a computer, television, or movie screen



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