a program that displays a constantly shifting pattern on a screen when the computer is idle, originally used to prevent damage to the screen through continuous display of the same image but now used primarily for decoration.
Also screen·sav·er [skreen-sey-ver] /ˈskrinˌseɪ vər/
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British Dictionary definitions for screensaver
/ (ˈskriːnseɪvər) /
a computer program that reduces screen damage resulting from an unchanging display when a computer is switched on but not in use by blanking the screen or generating moving patterns, etc
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