tele·​prompt·​er | \ˈte-lə-ˌpräm(p)-tər \

Definition of teleprompter 

: a device for displaying prepared text to a speaker or performer

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That is evident through some of Portal’s features, including a Storytime feature that lets users read a children’s story off a teleprompter during a video call. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Facebook is audaciously launching a video gadget for your home, called Portal. Is that a good idea?," 8 Oct. 2018 Using a teleprompter is just not being willing to memorize your lines. Mike Miller,, "Neil Patrick Harris Responds Awkwardly to Rachel Bloom After She Clapped Back at His Tonys Comments," 11 June 2018 What some of Bruce's fans might not know is that the iconic singer has been using teleprompters for years, to read his lines for both regular tours and his residency on Broadway. Amina Lake Abdelrahman, Good Housekeeping, "Neil Patrick Harris Went After Bruce Springsteen During the Tony Awards," 11 June 2018 God bless his staff for not realizing that Trump needs a teleprompter no matter how light the situation. Stephen A. Crockett Jr., The Root, "Donald Trump Sounds Crazy at Easter Egg Roll, Tells Children the Military Is at a Level They’ve Never Seen Before," 2 Apr. 2018 Just today The Daily Show published a video showing the similarities with the texts read on teleprompters by anchors in North Korea with the ones being read by anchors on Fox News. Amira Rasool, Teen Vogue, "Journalist Liz Plank Believes the Media Was Baited by Melania Trump's Zara Jacket," 22 June 2018 Trump stayed uncharacteristically on message during his hour-long speech at the campaign-style rally, mostly sticking to the teleprompter. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump reassures anxious hawks that he’s willing to walk away from North Korea talks," 11 May 2018 Not only does the presentation make the game seem unnecessarily intimidating at first, but the underlying simplicity means that solving the park’s endless problems starts to feel like playing from a teleprompter. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "Jurassic World Evolution," 19 June 2018 Using a teleprompter is just not being able to memorize your lines. Connor Whittum, Billboard, "Neil Patrick Harris Seemingly Shades Rachel Bloom, Bruce Springsteen on Twitter During 2018 Tony Awards," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of teleprompter

1951, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for teleprompter

from TelePrompTer, a trademark

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English Language Learners Definition of teleprompter

: a machine that helps someone who is speaking to an audience or on television by showing the words that need to be said

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