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

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These relaxation techniques and stretches were made available on a screen saver to preempt repetitive use injuries. San Diego Union-Tribune, "The beat goes on — Jazzercise is still on the move at age 50," 27 June 2019 The screen saver on Marty’s laptop is a picture of Jordan. Ross Dellenger,, "'The Fraternity Nobody Wants to Be Part Of:' Marty McNair, Mike Locksley's Unique Bond," 13 June 2019 Down in the Marine Technician’s lab, a screen saver on a computer plots our current course as a bright red line drawn on top of the Thwaites Ice Tongue. Elizabeth Rush, National Geographic, "Here's what Antarctica's calving glaciers look like up close," 12 Mar. 2019 Many have his smiling face as the screen saver on their iPhones. Karen Elliott House, WSJ, "Where Is Crown Prince Mohammed?," 11 Feb. 2019 Or consider phones with MP3 playback, faceplates that snap on and off, configurable lights, and screen savers. Elle Decor Staff, ELLE Decor, "Cell Mates," 5 July 2012 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,, "The 10 most irresistible 'Star Wars' creatures ranked, from Porgs to Yoda to BB-8," 13 Dec. 2017

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1981, in the meaning defined above

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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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