a television or similar electronic display screen for viewing images or data
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.
Wonder Worker in Illustrated Leicester Chronicle 18 Jan. 11/4
Stel Felso Theu looked on with vast interest as the strange planet loomed larger and still larger on the distorted view-screen.
Invaders from Infinite in Amazing Stories Quarterly Spring 174/1
He threw a switch; the lights dimmed and the view-screen came on.
Lost Ulysses in Astounding Science Fiction May 132/2
Directly in front of Nevv, the viewscreen flared and lit up, showing a remarkably broad-shouldered individual, with a wide head and wider neck.
Cargo for Colony 6 in Astounding Science Fiction Aug. 68/2
He groaned out of his bunk and fumbled his way to the nearest viewscreen. What he saw brought him bolt awake.
Three-Cornered Wheel in Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact Oct. 60/2
Port Carpenter; we’re in the main administration building… Have you an extra viewscreen, fitted for recording?
Cosmic Computer (1964) 113
Finally he said to the viewscreen, ‘O.K., then we…try to make a real storm cell out of it.’
in Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact Dec. 65/2
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.
in S. E. Whitfield & G. Roddenberry Making of ‘Star Trek’ ii. 174
In one of the garden rooms stood a viewscreen tuned to Outside.
Tau Zero (1973) 34
The viewscreen, using the robot’s eyes as pickups, was filled with the angry face of the newcomer.
Man from P.I.G. in Men from P.I.G. & R.O.B.O.T. 91
On the viewscreen the brilliant curve of Urras hung still against black space.
Dispossessed (1975) i. 14
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.
Icehenge (1990) 36
‘Look closer, Tomoko’, said Fieh Chan,…making her stand with her nose almost touching the viewscreen.
Alien Swordmaster iii. 15
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.
Clarke County, Space 44
A large viewscreen gave an outlook from the topmost spire.
Harvest of Stars (1994) 10
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.
Forever Free 99
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.
Machine ii. 18
Research HistoryMike Christie submitted a 1974 cite from Harry Harrison's "The Men from P.I.G. and R.O.B.O.T.".
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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