Definition of screen
1 : a protective or ornamental device (as a movable partition) shielding an area from heat or drafts or from view
2 : something that shelters, protects, or hides: asa : a growth or stand of trees, shrubs, or plantsb : a protective formation of troops, ships, or planesc : something that covers or disguises the true nature (as of an activity or feeling) <his geniality is just a screen>d (1) : a maneuver in various sports (as basketball or ice hockey) whereby an opponent is legally impeded or the opponent's view of the play is momentarily blocked (2) : screen pass
3a : a perforated plate or cylinder or a meshed wire or cloth fabric usually mounted and used to separate coarser from finer partsb : a system for examining and separating into different groupsc : a piece of apparatus designed to prevent agencies in one part from affecting other parts <an optical screen>d : a frame holding a usually metallic netting used especially in a window or door to exclude pests (as insects)
4a : a flat surface on which a picture or series of pictures is projected or reflectedb : the surface on which the image appears in an electronic display (as in a television set, radar receiver, or computer terminal); also : the information displayed on a computer screen at one time
5 : a glass plate ruled with crossing opaque lines through which an image is photographed in making a halftone
6 : the motion-picture medium or industry
Examples of screen
Don't sit too close to the screen or you'll get a headache.
A pop-up ad appeared on the screen.
When I go to the movies, I like to sit close to the screen.
Origin of screen
Middle English screne, from Anglo-French escren, from Middle Dutch scherm; akin to Old High German skirm shield; probably akin to Sanskrit carman skin, kṛnāti he injures — more at shear
First Known Use: 14th century
Simple Definition of screen
: to examine (people or things) in order to decide if they are suitable for a particular purpose
: to do a test on (someone) to find out if that person has or is likely to develop a disease
: to do a test on (a person's blood, urine, etc.) to find out if the person has been using an illegal substance
Full Definition of screen
1 : to guard from injury or danger
2a : to give shelter or protection to with or as if with a screenb : to separate with or as if with a screen; also : to shield (an opponent) from a play or from view of a play
3a : to pass (as coal, gravel, or ashes) through a screen to separate the fine part from the coarse; also : to remove by a screenb (1) : to examine usually methodically in order to make a separation into different groups (2) : to select or eliminate by a screening process (3) : to test or examine for the presence of something (as a disease) <patients were screened for hepatitis>
4 : to provide with a screen to keep out pests (as insects)
5a (1) : to present (as a motion picture) for viewing on a screen (2) : to view the presentation of (as a motion picture)b : to present in a motion picture
1 : to appear on a motion-picture screen
2 : to provide a screen in a game or sport
Examples of screen
A committee will screen candidates for the job, but the final hiring decision will be made by Ms. Brown.
We screen the kids' music so that we can approve what they listen to.
We'll be screening his latest film in two weeks.
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