light pen


noun Computers.

a handheld light-sensitive device used for pointing at characters or objects on a CRT in order to make or modify drawings or to indicate functions to be performed.

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Also called light pencil.

Origin of light pen

First recorded in 1955–60
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British Dictionary definitions for light pen

light pen

noun

computing
  1. a rodlike device which, when applied to the screen of a cathode-ray tube, can detect the time of passage of the illuminated spot across that point thus enabling a computer to determine the position on the screen being pointed at
  2. a penlike device, used to read bar codes, that emits light and determines the intensity of that light as reflected from a small area of an adjacent surface
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