touch screen

\ ˈtəch-ˌskrēn How to pronounce touch screen (audio) \
variants: or touchscreen

Definition of touch screen

: a display screen on which the user selects options (as from a menu) by touching the screen

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The story behind the Ram pickup’s emergence is more than just 12-inch touch screens and fancier leather seats., "Ram’s monster month of truck sales stands out in otherwise sputtering market," 2 July 2019 TripAdvisor will open a store with retail items and an interactive touch screen where travelers can explore Phoenix-area attractions. Melissa Yeager, azcentral, "3 new stores coming to Mesa airport in 2020 will showcase Arizona artists, attractions," 19 June 2019 This posture is useful for tasks such as drawing or handwriting on a flat work surface, either with paper or a touch screen device. Leon Straker, Quartz at Work, "The best way to sit at your desk for every type of work task," 5 June 2019 That’s the startling premise of a recent study by researchers at Cambridge University and Sweden’s Linköping University, who were able to glean passwords by deciphering the sound waves generated by fingers tapping on smartphone touch screens. Hamza Shaban, Washington Post, "Listen for the log-in: Hackers may glean your password by listening to how you type on your phone," 6 June 2019 The capacitive fingerprint scanners worked basically as super-sensitive touch screens. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "OnePlus 6T Review: Amazing value with an even more amazing fingerprint reader," 29 Oct. 2018 These touch screens selectively display the necessary controls during flight and are the primary interface astronauts have with the vehicle. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "SpaceX reveals the controls of its Dragon spacecraft for the first time," 14 Aug. 2018 Now, along comes Facebook’s Portal, a video phone that sits on your counter or desk looking like a big touch screen and little else. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "Things Come Apart: Facebook Portal+," 24 Mar. 2019 Inside the domelike spacecraft, four cushioned chairs that hugged bodies like car seats were tilted upward toward a wide, electronic touch screen that will show the capsule’s progress toward the International Space Station. Christian Davenport, The Seattle Times, "Inside SpaceX, the Willy Wonka-like rocket factory that eventually could send astronauts to space," 14 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of touch screen

1974, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of touch screen was in 1974

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English Language Learners Definition of touch screen

computers : a type of screen on a computer which shows options that you can choose by touching the screen

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Kids Definition of touch screen

: a display screen (as for a computer) on which the user selects options by touching the screen

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