or touch screen



a touch-sensitive display screen on a computer or other electronic device: touching different portions of the screen with a finger or stylus will cause the device to take actions determined by a computer program.

Nearby words

  1. touchline ban,
  2. touchmark,
  3. touchpad,
  4. touchpaper,
  5. touchpoint,
  6. touchstone,
  7. touchwood,
  8. touchy,
  9. touchy-feely,
  10. touché

Origin of touchscreen

First recorded in 1970–75; touch + screen Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for touch screen

touch screen


  1. a visual display unit screen that allows the user to give commands to the computer by touching parts of the screen instead of using the keyboard
  2. (as modifier)a touch-screen computer
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Science definitions for touch screen



A monitor screen that can detect and respond to something, such as a finger or stylus, pressing on it.
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