(LCD) Display of numbers (for example, in a calculator) or pictures (such as on a pocket television screen) produced by molecules of a substance in a semiliquid state with some crystalline properties, so that clusters of molecules align in parallel formations. The display is a blank until the application of an electric field, which “twists” the molecules so that they reflect or transmit light falling on them.
A digital display that uses liquid crystal cells that change reflectivity in an applied electric field; used for portable computer displays and watches etc.; SYN. LCD.