screensaver

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screen +‎ saver

Noun[edit]

screensaver (plural screensavers)

  1. (software) A computer program that displays aesthetic patterns or images when the computer is not being used, originally intended to prevent screenburn.
    I configured my screensaver to appear after only two minutes, because I enjoyed watching it so much.
  2. (proscribed) The background picture of a computer, smartphone, or similar mobile device.
    • 2008, Joshua Henkin, Matrimony, Vintage (ISBN 9780307472670), page 163
      But she changed her screensaver, which was a photo of Julian eating scrambled eggs—he was smiling, holding his fork away from himself, as if he were waving the eggs at her—and replaced it with a photo of Olivia, looking up from her desk []
    • 2012, Gretchen Rubin, Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon Self-Control, and My Other Experiments in Everyday Life, Harmony (ISBN 9780307886804)
      If he wanted praise, or sympathy, or the chance to talk over a sensitive subject, he turned to me. A friend told me that she sat down at her computer one day to discover that her husband had changed her screensaver to read: “Be nice to Lloyd.
    • 2012, Johnny McKnight, Double Nugget
      You can tell a lot about a person by the desk they keep. Her real name was Mary Stachowicz but we decided to call her Jenny Talia. It's funnier for us. She uses bulldog clips, which I think is a bit lesbiany, but I guess it's right for the character. Her screensaver is a picture of Cher, not the actual Cher, but her mother in fancy dress.
    • 2015, Carol Ann Bartz, The Believer: An Inspirational Story of Zachary David Bartz (The Boy Who Never Gave Up), (ISBN 1512716677), chapter 36
      While we waited for Zac to be taken into surgery, I thought of all of his suffering up to this point [] It brought to mind the screensaver that Zac, a few months earlier, had changed his Ipod to.
    • 2016, Austin Duffy, This Living and Immortal Thing, Granta Books (ISBN 9781783781690)
      When I arrived at the lab this morning he was back sitting in front of his computer, a million miles away, leaning forward on his elbows and staring into the depths of space. He has changed his screensaver again. The Orion nebula has been replaced with some other astronomical scape, far bleaker in its appearance but more realistic. It looks like the outermost edge of the universe.
    • 2016, Tamia Gore-Felton, Bangles and Broken Hearts 3: Return of the Bangles, Lulu.com (ISBN 9781483448299), page 97
      I tiptoed over to Trent's nightstand and took his phone into the bathroom. I sat on the edge of the bathtub as I entered his code. When I saw that he'd changed his screensaver from our wedding picture to a picture of Diamond, my blood began to boil. I couldn't believe that he'd done that.
    • 2016, Candy J Starr, The Trouble With Rock Stars: Jackson's Story
      She sat at the desk and opened the drawers, then looked up at the computer screen and gave a snort.
      “Sally has Alex's picture as her screensaver. Ha, you'd think she'd be worried he'd see it. []

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