viewscreen n.

a television or similar electronic display screen for viewing images or data

  • 1930 L. V. Cartwright Wonder Worker in Illustrated Leicester Chronicle 18 Jan. 11/4

    I examined the time-lever with the object of ascertaining the hour upon which I gazed, but its displacement from the zero position was imperceptible. Certainly it was by no means near the first tenth of the first of the ten divisions. Applying myself again to the view[-]screen, I advanced the time lever further a fraction of a degree.

  • 1932 J. W. Campbell Invaders from Infinite in Amazing Stories Quarterly Spring 174/1 page image John W. Campbell, Jr. bibliography

    Stel Felso Theu looked on with vast interest as the strange planet loomed larger and still larger on the distorted view-screen.

  • 1949 W. L. Bade Lost Ulysses in Astounding Science Fiction May 132/2 page image William L. Bade bibliography

    He threw a switch; the lights dimmed and the view-screen came on.

  • 1958 ‘C. Anvil’ Cargo for Colony 6 in Astounding Science Fiction Aug. 68/2 page image Christopher Anvil bibliography

    Directly in front of Nevv, the viewscreen flared and lit up, showing a remarkably broad-shouldered individual, with a wide head and wider neck.

  • 1963 P. Anderson Three-Cornered Wheel in Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact Oct. 60/2 Poul Anderson bibliography

    He groaned out of his bunk and fumbled his way to the nearest viewscreen. What he saw brought him bolt awake.

  • 1963 H. B. Piper Cosmic Computer (1964) 113 H. Beam Piper bibliography

    Port Carpenter; we’re in the main administration building… Have you an extra viewscreen, fitted for recording?

  • 1966 B. Bova in Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact Dec. 65/2 Ben Bova

    Finally he said to the viewscreen, ‘O.K., then we…try to make a real storm cell out of it.’

  • 1968 S. E. Whitfield in S. E. Whitfield & G. Roddenberry Making of ‘Star Trek’ ii. ii. 174 bibliography

    The ‘tricorder’, always carried by one or more landing party members, is a combination portable sensor-computer-recorder device that resembles many of today’s smaller portable tape recorders but includes a tiny viewscreen. The tricorder can measure, analyze, and keep records on almost any required subject.

  • 1974 U. K. Le Guin Dispossessed (1975) i. 14 Ursula K. Le Guin

    On the viewscreen the brilliant curve of Urras hung still against black space.

  • 1984 K. S. Robinson Icehenge (1990) 36 Kim Stanley Robinson

    Ilene had set up a computer display on the big viewscreen, which indicated our two ships, the outline of the asteroid as seen from our original location, and the three police ships.

  • 1990 A. Steele Clarke County, Space 44 Allen Steele

    Macy lay…against the wall of her cabin, distantly watching the window-like viewscreen as Clarke County grew increasingly closer. The shuttle was making a flyby of the colony and the screen was displaying a close-up view of Clarke County as seen from the side.

  • 1999 J. Haldeman Forever Free 99 Joe Haldeman

    Max stuck his hand out and I gave him the pistol. He aimed it at the viewscreen over the keyboard and fired… The result was pretty dramatic. There was more hole than viewscreen.

  • 2020 E. Bear Machine ii. 18 Elizabeth Bear bibliography

    Large dark viewscreens covered the arcing wall in front of us, and two rows of consoles and chairs curved around a single central command chair.

Research requirements

antedating 1930

Research History
Mike Christie submitted a 1974 cite from Harry Harrison's "The Men from P.I.G. and R.O.B.O.T."; Jesse Sheidlower verified it in the original appearance in the July 1969 Analog.
Mike Christie submitted a 1958 cite from Christopher Anvil's "Cargo for Colony 6".
Mike Christie submitted a 1949 cite from William Bade's "Lost Ulysses". Douglas Winston submitted a cite from a 1964 reprint of H. Beam Piper's 1963 "Cosmic Computer".
Douglas Winston submitted a 1966 cite from Ben Bova's "The Weathermakers".
Douglas Winston submitted a cite from a reprint of Poul Anderson's "The Three-Cornered Wheel"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1963 first magazine appearance.
Douglas Winston submitted a 1990 cite from Allen Steele's "Clarke County, Space". Douglas Winston submitted a 1998 cite from Nicolas van Pallandt's "Anvil".
Douglas Winston submitted a 1999 cite from Joe Haldeman's "Forever Free".
Jesse Sheidlower submitted a 1946 cite from a non-SF source referring to a radar screen.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1932 cite from John W. Campbell Jr.'s "Invaders From the Infinite".
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 2020 cite from Elizabeth Bear.
Simon Koppel submitted a 1930 cite from a British newspaper.

Added to the OED as a new entry in December 2004 with an earliest date of 1945

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