Definition of visual display unit in English:

visual display unit


  • A device for displaying input signals as characters on a screen.

    • ‘Dull metal machines clicking gently to one another, visual display units sending instant messages across the street, or half across the world, data and word processors recording silently the business of the company.’
    • ‘As each person sat a small visual display unit zoomed out of a small square flap in the table space in front of them.’
    • ‘The gunner's station is equipped with gunner's main sight, three periscopes and a visual display unit.’
    • ‘However, in recent years computer scientists have been developing a range of animated agent faces, programs that generate images of human-like faces on the computer's visual display unit.’
    • ‘On the visual display unit in Defence Control Area, the demon was seen to dive out of the smoke and roll across the ground, sliding slightly to a stop as the second explosion occurred.’
    workstation, vdu, pc, input device, output device
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visual display unit