screen saver

noun

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

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There was a television on the wall with a two-hour screen saver-like stream of coral reef fish and relaxing music. Bowen West, idahostatesman, "New sentences: Creative writing program allows Idaho inmates to find their voices | Idaho Statesman," 9 May 2018 Khalifa, for example, was warmly greeted by his neighbors, displayed photos of neighbors’ children as his screen saver, and said he was engaged to a woman who worked as a housekeeper in the building. Charlie Savage, Declan Walsh And Dionne Searcey, miamiherald, "Deported to Libya, ex-Gitmo detainees vanish. Will others meet a similar fate?," 24 Apr. 2018 These wild, shimmering foxes (vulptices) find a way to survive within this rugged, salt landscape -- and appear tailor-made for a stunning screen saver or virtual pet. 6. Michael Cavna, chicagotribune.com, "The 10 most irresistible 'Star Wars' creatures ranked, from Porgs to Yoda to BB-8," 13 Dec. 2017 Swinging door-knocker earrings replaced classic pearl studs; powder blue and butter yellow cashmere twinsets were paired with fanny packs and flamboyant screen saver–print pants. Alexandra Gurvitch, Vogue, "Dig Out the Chinos! Preppy Style Is Back (But Totally Twisted)," 10 Oct. 2017 In the early days of computing, screen savers were a software solution to a hardware problem. Jacob Brogan, Slate Magazine, "What Were Screen Savers?," 31 July 2017 Before Flash, a PC user might have encountered on-screen animation only in the form of screen savers. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Netflix’s 'Skip Intro' Button Makes TV Ever More Like an App," 31 Oct. 2017 The lawsuit also claims that Nurmi used one of the photos as the screen saver on his office computer, and that visitors to his office could plainly see it. Michael Kiefer, USA TODAY, "Convicted killer Jodi Arias sues her former lawyer over tell-all book," 26 Oct. 2017 Remember when PCs’ cathode-ray-tube (CRT) monitors required moving screen savers when not in use to stop text or images from leaving an indelible trace? David Meyer, Fortune, "Google's Big-Screened Pixel 2 XL May Have Big Screen Problems," 23 Oct. 2017

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1981, in the meaning defined above

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screen saver

noun

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

screen saver

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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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