screen saver


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web On its website, the church shared 18 Nativity images for members to retrieve and share or maybe use as a screen saver on their laptops, tablets or phones. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 29 Dec. 2022 Further testimony revealed Miller even used a revealing image of the young girl as his screen saver. Dallas News, 10 Sep. 2022 The screen saver on Manuel’s phone is a photo of them as high school sweethearts in 1968. Los Angeles Times, 14 Dec. 2022 Since the war began, Russian citizens have been detained for the most minor offenses, including an antiwar screen saver, holding up a blank piece of paper and a manicure in the colors of the Ukrainian flag. Irina Aleksander, New York Times, 10 Aug. 2022 The second picture had the vivid green grass of a Microsoft Windows screen saver. Emily Witt, The New Yorker, 21 Nov. 2022 Lewis admitted in one message to having child pornography as his screen saver and attempting to entice a neighbor's child over to his house, according to the affidavit. Tracy Neal, Arkansas Online, 13 Oct. 2022 Coinbase’s pitch was simple: a QR code that bounced around the screen like a DVD screen saver. Francesca Fontana, WSJ, 18 June 2022 On the screen saver of her phone: A photo of her three young children 7,000 miles away, living with her mom in Addis Ababa. Washington Post, 4 Dec. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1981, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of screen saver was in 1981

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“Screen saver.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

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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