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Meaning of "light pen" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF LIGHT PEN

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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF LIGHT PEN

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preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Light pen is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES LIGHT PEN MEAN IN ENGLISH?

light pen

Light pen

A light pen is a computer input device in the form of a light-sensitive wand used in conjunction with a computer's CRT display. It allows the user to point to displayed objects or draw on the screen in a similar way to a touchscreen but with greater positional accuracy. It was long thought that a light pen can work with any CRT-based display, but not with LCDs and other display technologies. However, in 2011 Fairlight Instruments released its Fairlight CMI-30A, which uses a 17" LCD monitor with light pen control. A light pen detects a change of brightness of nearby screen pixels when scanned by cathode ray tube electron beam and communicates the timing of this event to the computer. Since a CRT scans the entire screen one pixel at a time, the computer can keep track of the expected time of scanning various locations on screen by the beam and infer the pen's position from the latest timestamp.

Definition of light pen in the English dictionary

The definition of light pen in the dictionary is a rodlike device which, when applied to the screen of a cathode-ray tube, can detect the time of passage of the illuminated spot across that point thus enabling a computer to determine the position on the screen being pointed at. Other definition of light pen is a penlike device, used to read bar codes, that emits light and determines the intensity of that light as reflected from a small area of an adjacent surface.

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE LIGHT PEN

light horse
light industry
light infantry
light into
light meter
light middleweight
light music
light on
light opera
light out
light pollution
light rail
light railway
light reaction
light reading
light show
light switch
light table
light the touchpaper
light trap

WORDS THAT END LIKE LIGHT PEN

ball pen
ballpoint pen
cartridge pen
catching pen
data pen
digital pen
drawing pen
felt pen
felt-tip pen
fiber-tip pen
fibre-tip pen
fountain pen
mapping pen
marker pen
medium-fine pen
quill pen
sea pen
submarine pen
the pen

Synonyms and antonyms of light pen in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «light pen» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF LIGHT PEN

Find out the translation of light pen to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of light pen from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «light pen» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

光笔
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

lápiz óptico
570 millions of speakers

English

light pen
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

प्रकाश कलम
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

القلم ضوء
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

световое перо
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

caneta de luz
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

লাইট
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

crayon optique
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Pena cahaya
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Lichtgriffel
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

ライトペン
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

라이트 펜
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Lampu pen
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

bút ánh sáng
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

ஒளி பேனா
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

प्रकाश पेन
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

Hafif kalem
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

penna ottica
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

lekkie pióro
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

світлове перо
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

stilou de lumină
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

light pen
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

lig pen
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

ljuspenna
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

lyspenn
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of light pen

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «LIGHT PEN»

The term «light pen» is regularly used and occupies the 62.324 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about light pen

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «LIGHT PEN»

Discover the use of light pen in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to light pen and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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InfoWorld
Senior Editor The light pen is an orphan looking for a home, say developers who hope to make this novel pointing device a reality for microcomputers. Resembling a writing pen, the light pen is a device that allows personal-computer users to ...
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InfoWorld
Senior Editor The light pen is an orphan looking for a home, say developers who hope to make this novel pointing device a reality for microcomputers. Resembling a writing pen, the light pen is a device that allows personal-computer users to ...
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Introduction to Computer Graphics
4.2.2 Light Pen Light pen is a pointing device. It has a light sensitive tip which is excited when the light emitted when an illuminated point on the screen comes in its field of view. Unlike other devices which have associated hardware to track the  ...
Krishnamurthy, 2002
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InfoWorld
BY SCOTT MACE Senior Writer IBM PC owners who are disenchanted with using the keyboard or a mouse to get where they have to go have another option. The light pen, for years misunderstood or shunned as an expensive toy, is becoming  ...
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Handbook of Human-Computer Interaction
Target Size The appropriate size and spacing of the displayed targets depends to some extent upon the field of view of the light pen. A large field of view may make it easier to select a small target, but it also requires that targets be widely ...
M.G. Helander, T.K. Landauer, P.V. Prabhu, 1997
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The Forrest Mims Circuit Scrapbook
Light-Pen Applications. Light pens are simpler and therefore physically slimmer than light wands. How the light pen allows information to be "drawn" on the screen of a CRT is not immediately obvious — at least it wasn't to me when, as a high ...
Forrest M. Mims, 2000
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Introduction to Information Technology
position to which the light pen is pointing. With the movement of light pen over the screen, the lines or images are drawn. Light pens give user the full range of mouse capabilities, without the use of a pad or any horizontal surface. Using light  ...
I. T. L. Education Solutions Limited, Itl, 2005
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Designing Highly Useable Software
It was one of the coolest inventions of all time, and it was called a light pen. A light pen behaved very much like today's mice, except instead of having a moving cursor that rolled around as you moved a mouse, you would simply touch the light ...
Jeff Cogswell, 2006
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Light Pen
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! A light pen is a computer input device in the form of a light-sensitive wand used in conjunction with a computer's CRT TV set or monitor.
Jesse Russell, Ronald Cohn, 2012
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Computer Graphics
Other light sources, such as the background light in the room, are usually not detected by a light pen. An activated light pen, pointed at a spot on the screen as the electron beam lights up that spot, generates an electrical pulse that causes the ...
Isrd Group, 2005

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «LIGHT PEN»

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Metro driver: pilots aren't the only victims of laser strikes - KOMO News
A red light pen laser is powerful at short distances and can be even more so in a darken tunnel. The penalties for shining a laser light into the ... «KOMO News, Jul 15»
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FotoRus - Camera , Photo Editor , Pic Collage Maker with nice...
Over a dozen powerful and must-have editing functions such as Filters, Scenes, Adjust, Lighting, Light pen, and etc! Come check it out! «iOSnoops, Jul 15»
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Win a DVD bundle with 'Jupiter Ascending' on Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray …
... DVD on June 29 we're giving you the amazing chance to win an out of this world DVD bundle including a mug, light pen and journal! «Film News, Jun 15»
4
These Retro Computer Animations Were Way Ahead of Their Time
In 1963, Ivan Sutherland of MIT gave a demonstration of a light pen that enabled computer-rendered drawing. The device interacted with the ... «Popular Mechanics, Jun 15»
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The most bizarre ways British students have cheated on exams …
Cheating on a test can be simple as peering across at the scribblings of another student - or as sophisticated as using a UV light pen to sneak ... «Daily Mail, Jun 15»
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How more than 1 in 10 students are using new technology to cheat …
A UV light pen can be used to reveal invisible ink, and by using wireless or bluetooth headphones, students can listen to pre-recorded ... «Daily Mail, Jun 15»
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Twinsights: Ricky Nolasco to test his ankle in Thursday bullpen …
“The light pen is because I've been off for a good time from throwing,” Nolasco said. “We'll try to get my arm back into it just a little bit. We'll do a ... «TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press, Jun 15»
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The Dancing Itos with "Marcia Clark," center
... shift from gasps to laughter and applause as they realize that the on-screen notations made with the light pen are forming the words “I did it. «A.V. Club, Jun 15»
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View from the Street: PM reasserts commitment to avoiding marriage …
Look, haven't we all sometimes felt like we're just an owl sitting on the hand of someone using a light pen? It's the human condition writ large. «Sydney Morning Herald, May 15»
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The Fansided Network Star Wars Roundup: Week 4!
“While watching a sequence with spaceships flying low over a desert planet, JJ asks to pause the scene, and with a light pen draws a little ... «Dork Side of the Force, May 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Light pen [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/light-pen>. Jan 2020 ».
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