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 Maybe the city from the Apple TV screen saver, a generic grid twinkling below. Emma Cline, The New Yorker, "White Noise," 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, "For 21 years, millions of people helped a university search for alien life. Now it's time to analyze the results," 5 Mar. 2020 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

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First Known Use of screen saver

1981, in the meaning defined above

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“Screen saver.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2020.

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screen saver


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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