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screen

noun \ ˈskrēn \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of screen

1 : a protective or ornamental device (such as a movable partition) shielding an area from heat or drafts or from view
2 : something that shelters, protects, or hides: such as
a : a growth or stand of trees, shrubs, or plants
b : a protective formation of troops, ships, or planes
c : 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 (such 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
3 a : a perforated plate or cylinder or a meshed wire or cloth fabric usually mounted and used to separate coarser from finer parts
b : a system for examining and separating into different groups
c : 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 (such as insects)
4 a : a flat surface on which a picture or series of pictures is projected or reflected
b : 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 in a Sentence

  1. Don't sit too close to the screen or you'll get a headache.

  2. A pop-up ad appeared on the screen.

  3. When I go to the movies, I like to sit close to the screen.

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Origin and Etymology 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

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screen

verb

Definition of screen

transitive verb
1 : to guard from injury or danger
2 a : to give shelter or protection to with or as if with a screen
b : to separate with or as if with a screen; also : to shield (an opponent) from a play or from view of a play
3 a : to pass (something, such as coal, gravel, or ashes) through a screen to separate the fine part from the coarse; also : to remove by a screen
b (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 (such as a disease)
  • patients were screened for hepatitis
4 : to provide with a screen to keep out pests (such as insects)
5 a (1) : to present (something, such as a motion picture) for viewing on a screen
(2) : to view the presentation of (something, such as a motion picture)
b : to present in a motion picture
intransitive verb
1 : to appear on a motion-picture screen
2 : to provide a screen in a game or sport

screenable

play \ˈskrē-nə-bəl\ adjective

screener

noun

Examples of screen in a Sentence

  1. A committee will screen candidates for the job, but the final hiring decision will be made by Ms. Brown.

  2. We screen the kids' music so that we can approve what they listen to.

  3. We'll be screening his latest film in two weeks.

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First Known Use of screen

1611

Synonym Discussion of screen

hide, conceal, screen, secrete, bury mean to withhold or withdraw from sight. hide may or may not suggest intent.
    • hide in the closet
    • a house hidden in the woods
conceal usually does imply intent and often specifically implies a refusal to divulge.
    • concealed the weapon
screen implies an interposing of something that prevents discovery.
    • a house screened by trees
secrete suggests a depositing in a place unknown to others.
    • secreted the amulet inside his shirt
bury implies covering up so as to hide completely.
    • buried the treasure


SCREEN Defined for English Language Learners

screen

verb

Definition of screen for English Language Learners

  • : 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


SCREEN Defined for Kids

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screen

noun \ ˈskrēn \

Definition of screen for Students

1 : a frame that holds a usually wire netting and is used to let air in but keep pests (as insects) out
  • a window screen
2 : a curtain or wall used to hide or to protect
3 : the flat surface on which movies are projected
4 : the surface on which the image appears in an electronic display (as on a television set or computer terminal)
5 : a network of wire set in a frame for separating finer parts from coarser parts (as of sand)

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screen

verb

Definition of screen for Students

screened; screening
1 : to hide or protect with or as if with a curtain or wall
  • … the graveyard … was screened by a stand of evergreens.
  • —Richard Peck, A Year Down Yonder
2 : to separate or sift with a network of wire set in a frame
3 : to look at carefully to select as suitable
  • The committee screened job candidates.

Medical Dictionary

screen

transitive verb \ ˈskrēn \

medical Definition of screen

: to test or examine for the presence of something (as a disease)
  • screen patients for prostate cancer
  • a test to screen donor blood for HIV and hepatitis C
  • —Penni Crabtree

screen

medical Definition of screen



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