Definition of telescreen in US English:



  • A television screen or other visual display terminal.

    ‘spectators could only see the action on the field by looking at the stadium's giant telescreen’
    • ‘The two-way telescreen bears a close enough resemblance to flat plasma screens linked to "interactive" cable systems, circa 2003.’
    • ‘The silence of the presses is deafening and the telescreen continues to bleat.’
    • ‘On the two occasions I have heard him perform (on the telescreen, I hasten to add), what I heard was degraded, simple-minded, noisy, tuneless pop wailing.’
    • ‘The air in the room was silent and dead as pictures of war flashed across the telescreen.’
    • ‘The telescreen was emphatically not for entertainment.’
    • ‘For a while, there - while the information overload of my new computer/Internet toys was dominating, in the 1980s and 1990s - the trip to the bookstore was just too much time to take away from my precious telescreen.’
    • ‘Orwell's Big Brother was merely a face on the hoardings, a voice on the telescreen.’
    • ‘Her gaze remained fixed on the telescreen.’
    • ‘Two stories up he passed by the telescreen in the hall.’
    • ‘The telescreen received and transmitted simultaneously.’
    • ‘Orwell's telescreen is now there in your home - on your desktop computer.’
    • ‘They gradually became addicted to the "telescreen" and could no longer tell real life from reality tv etc.’
    • ‘For some reason the telescreen in the living-room was in an unusual position.’
    • ‘A big "telescreen" upstage is sufficient on the effectively utilitarian and spare set.’
    • ‘In the past when I have described and criticized some outrage perpetrated by the telescreen, one or two of my correspondents have asked me why I waste my time writing about such things - it's just TV!’