touch screen

noun
\ 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

Examples of touch screen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Samsung squeezed a new QWERTY keyboard with Swype on to the tiny touch screen and combined it with dictating and handwriting options. Matthew Humphries, PCMAG, 12 July 2022 My main issue with the R1S, as with the Rivian R1T pickup, remains its over-reliance on that big touch screen for seemingly everything, including adjusting the steering wheel, side mirrors and stereo volume. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, 6 July 2022 The electronic scoreboards and the touch screen operated by the chair umpire would also have caught their eyes, as would the once-unthinkable fact that the chair umpire for Monday’s opening men’s match was a woman: Marija Cicak. New York Times, 27 June 2022 The steering wheel has volume and tuning controls, but flicking a toggle is only a marginal improvement over a touch screen for selecting tracks, stations and podcasts. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 26 May 2022 The versatile Naim Uniti Star offers great audio performance and solid build quality, coupled with ease of use, thanks to the Naim smartphone app and a touch screen that makes using this mini system so fun to use. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 19 May 2022 Another touch screen for the front passenger is concealed in the lacquer-like dash trim. Dan Neil, WSJ, 17 Mar. 2022 That touch screen can be used to mirror your Motorola phone, or show more content from the laptop itself. Christian De Looper, BGR, 7 Jan. 2022 In a particularly annoying choice, Mazda gave its vehicles a touch screen, but disabled it when the vehicle was in motion. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 25 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of touch screen

1974, in the meaning defined above

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18 Jul 2022

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“Touch screen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/touch%20screen. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for touch screen

touch screen

noun

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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