I'm searching for two words or expressions.

The first word or expression means a situation in which there are too many items displayed on the screen, so that they cause a burden on the user and their rendering causes a burden on the CPU.

The second word is a verb that I can use to describe the deletion or filtering of some of the items in order to prevent this situation.

In order to prevent (word1), I need to (word2) the items before sending them to the display module. I keep a list of un(word2)ed items and generate a list of (word2)ed items from it.

Perhaps something having to do with spacing out?

(I can't use the verb "filter" because it has a different meaning in the domain, and it seems to me that it doesn't convey the meaning precisely enough.)

  • Word1 can be "business" (or reword the sentence to use the word "busy"), but that is really only a connotation of burdenness for the user, not the CPU.
    – Mark Hurd
    Apr 27, 2011 at 10:30

2 Answers 2


My suggestion:

word 1 - (visual) clutter

word 2 - you can use one of a number of words here, like select, sift, pick out, screen out, etc. but filter fits perfectly here and you will need to rephrase the sentence if you don't use it.

  • Clutter is perfect! If I want to use the verb "declutter", can I say that I'm generating a list of decluttered items? Apr 27, 2011 at 17:08
  • @Ilya Yes I think 'decluttered' is pretty clear, but 'undecluttered' wouldn't be so I think you would need to rephrase your sentence a little.
    – z7sg Ѫ
    Apr 27, 2011 at 17:33

Options for word1:

  • overloading
  • excessive rendering
  • slowdown
  • memory shortages/problems

Options for word2 (also attempting to fit into the places used):

  • prioritize / (low|high) priority / (un)displayed
  • track / untracked / tracked
  • police / (un)allowed / (un)allowed
  • police / (un)approved / (un)approved
  • check / (un)needed / (un)needed
  • check / (un)wanted / (un)wanted
  • check / (un)desired / (un)desired
  • transition / (un)phased / (un)phased

The options here get pretty flexible, honestly. Just describe the behavior to a colleague and see what word pops out. Use that in the documentation.

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