screen saver


Definition of screen saver

: a computer program that usually displays various images on the screen of a computer that is on but not in use

Examples of screen saver in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Not even his screen saver of cascading family scuba pics could hold my interest. Eli Burnstein, The New Yorker, 1 Sep. 2021 Seventeen years his new teammate’s senior, Terry was taken aback by the 22-year-old’s screen saver: The Larry O’Brien Trophy. Jim Owczarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 22 July 2021 Gaze out toward the sunset, and a shoreline that's worthy of a screen saver stretches out in front of you. Marisa Spyker, Southern Living, 9 Mar. 2021 Put these mantras on a mirror or use them as their screen saver. Washington Post, 2 Mar. 2021 Additionally, Google TV will enable you to run your smart home via Google Nest devices and use your Google Photos collection as a screen saver. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, 30 Nov. 2020 Download it, and your computer can use its spare C.P.U. cycles to process proteins, displaying its work in progress as a screen saver. Matthew Hutson, The New Yorker, 18 Sep. 2020 Maybe the city from the Apple TV screen saver, a generic grid twinkling below. Emma Cline, The New Yorker, 1 June 2020 Millions of volunteers around the world have downloaded the SETI@home screen saver over the years, to help analyze radio telescope data and search for extraterrestrial intelligence, according to the group. David Williams, CNN, 5 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of screen saver

1981, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of screen saver was in 1981

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19 Sep 2021

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“Screen saver.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for screen saver

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English Language Learners Definition of screen saver

: a computer program that shows a moving image or set of images on a computer screen when the computer is on but is not being used

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Kids Definition of screen saver

: a computer program that usually displays images on the screen of a computer that is on but not in use so as to prevent damage to the screen


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