One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1mass noun Damage to a computer or television screen which occurs when a very bright image has been displayed for too long.
- ‘Modern CRT direct view, CRT rear projectors, and plasma displays can suffer from burn-in.’
- ‘Old-fashioned, CRT-based rear projection TVs are bulky, suffer from potential burn-in, and need regular recalibration.’
- ‘In the past, plasma displays have had issues with image burn-in from static images left on the screen for long periods of time.’
- ‘But they're more fragile than other TVs and may suffer from burn-in, which occurs when a fixed image becomes permanently etched on the screen.’
- ‘We strongly recommend that you leave the MemoryFrame in slide show mode because the user manual specifically warns about the possibility of burn-in if images aren't being cycled.’
2A continuous period of operation undergone by an electronic device in order to check for defects.
- ‘All the data sets appeared to have passed burn-in and were mixing well (data not shown).’
- ‘We used default values for burn-in, sampling and thinning.’
- ‘Four continuous chains were run with the initial 50,000 generations discarded as burn-in.’
- ‘The first 500,000 cycles were used as burn-in time.’
- ‘Each board is subjected to a 48-hour burn-in, and 100% functional testing.’
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