Meaning of Screen

What is Screen:

Screen is an Anglo-Saxon word whose most widespread use in Spanish refers to ‘screen’.

In English, screen can be used as a noun designating physical barriers: a screen, a chiffchaff, a curtain, a screen; as well as also to denote, more specifically, a part of a TV or computer monitor on which the image appears, or surface on which there are movies.

As a verb, screen can work to indicate actions such as covered with a curtain, sift, hide, filter, separate, divide, protecting, as well as also projecting a film.

In the field of the Spanish language, the introduction of the word screen in our everyday speech is framed within the cultural dynamics of mass consumption of technology produced in English speaking countries.

Cell phones, computers, cameras, film and photographic, imposed in the language the English name of its parts. Screen usually refers to your screens, but also to the technologies developed from these, so also we can find it as part of a compound word, referring to its specific application.

Meaning of Screen 1


Screenshot, for example, translated into Spanish as “screenshot”, refers to the image taken by a computer or smart phone directly from your monitor or screen. There are programs developed specifically for this type of tasks such as Screen Muncher or Screen Grabber, for smartphones.


Screencast, that we could be translated as “animated screen capture”, in Spanish is a recording of what the user observes on the screen of your computer, which can be accompanied or not an audio narration. The screencasts are ideal to develop video tutorials on the functioning of a software or a website, offer aid and solutions for computer problems, and guide to conventional user in executing specific tasks. There are specific software for the screencasting, grouped under the concept of screen recorders, such as Screen-o-Matic, and Screenflow, the latter developed by the Apple.

Meaning of Screen 2


Screensaver, translated into Spanish as “screen protector” or “Screensaver”, is a computer program of moving images, developed to prevent the deterioration of the quality of old monitors as a result of long-term exposure of an image on the screen. Thus, the emergence of the screensaver after a certain period of time was planned unless the user moving the mouse or mouse or pressing any key. Today its use is merely recreational screens work with technologies that screensavers are not required to protect the quality of the image.

Touch screen

Touch screen, or “touch screen” in Spanish, is a technology developed for the use of devices such as computers, smartphones, tablets or even ATMs, through touches on their screens, directly with a finger or a special pencil. Works from the receipt of the electrical impulses which the user activates when you touch the screen, resulting in orders that are processed and interpreted in milliseconds by the software.

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