screen

noun
\ ˈskrēn \

Definition of screen

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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
3a : 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)
4a : 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

screen

verb
screened; screening; screens

Definition of screen (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to guard from injury or danger
2a : 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
3a : 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)
5a(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

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Other Words from screen

Verb

screenable \ ˈskrē-​nə-​bəl \ adjective
screener noun

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Verb

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

Examples of screen in a Sentence

Noun

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.

Verb

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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Fifty-seven years after its debut, the Arco Floor Lamp is still an iconic and desirable design—made famous in part by its big-screen appearances in movies like Diamonds Are Forever and The Italian Job. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "The Arco Floor Lamp Is the Perfect Solution for Rooms Without Overhead Lighting," 5 Feb. 2019 From vacation bonding to showing each other love on Instagram, the Riverdale stars are obviously pretty close off-screen. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, ""Riverdale" Stars Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, and Madelaine Petsch Team Up for Game of Charades," 13 Jan. 2019 The Cinema Guild Every week, new original films debut on Netflix and other streaming services, often to much less fanfare than their big-screen counterparts. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Before you see Welcome to Marwen, stream the documentary about the true story behind it," 21 Dec. 2018 All the colorful icons on the screen — the trash can, the mouse pointer, the file folders — bear no resemblance at all to what’s really going on inside the computer. Tim Folger, Discover Magazine, "How Quantum Mechanics Lets Us See, Smell and Touch," 24 Oct. 2018 Huge pro-democracy protests erupted in 2014 in response to the decision by China's ruling Communist Party to retain the right to effectively pre-screen candidates for Hong Kong's leadership. Fox News, "In a first, Hong Kong bans pro-independence political party," 23 Sep. 2018 First established by the United States during the Cold War, ADIZs allow countries to screen aircraft entering national airspace ahead of time. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "No, Russian Bombers Did Not Enter U.S. Airspace," 28 Jan. 2019 Few, however, is as chic as silver screen icon Catherine Deneuve, who patronized the designer both on and off screen throughout her life. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "Catherine Deneuve Is Feted by Saint Laurent's Anthony Vaccarello With a Dinner in Paris," 22 Jan. 2019 The movie will be adapted for the screen by Elizabeth Berger and Isaac Aptaker; the team also worked on Love, Simon and This Is Us. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Hannah Marks to Direct Film Adaptation of John Green's "Turtles All the Way Down"," 13 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The study also found that other priorities took precedent over their health, and the women didn’t routinely go to their primary care physician to get screened for health issues. Korin Miller, SELF, "Why Anna Kendrick Was 'Vulnerable and Terrified' While Getting Treated for Kidney Stones," 4 Feb. 2019 Blum hung on for three years, until DreamWorks agreed to screen it for a test audience. Mickey Rapkin, Town & Country, "The Horror of Jason Blum," 17 Oct. 2018 On the British company's website, Thruvision says its mass transit security can screen up to 2,000 people per hour without their having to stop or slow down. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Body Scanners Are Leaking Out of the Airport and Into the Subway," 16 Aug. 2018 In a study published this week in the journal *Oncotarget*, researchers used a simple blood test to screen for signs of melanoma. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Melanoma Skin Cancer May Be Detected Early with a New Blood Test, Study Finds," 20 July 2018 These, by contrast, are in their own way as memorable as the buildings around them — conjuring up adventurous small worlds that include such unexpected touches as marble-studded panels that screen a ventilation shaft from the parking garage below. John King, SFChronicle.com, "Civic Center makeover: Here’s the plan to revamp the heart of SF," 29 June 2018 In all, 40 films -- 23 features and 17 shorts -- will screen as part of Overlook 2018, which is scheduled to run from April 19 to 22. Mike Scott, NOLA.com, "Overlook Film Fest lineup released, luring horror fans, VIPs to New Orleans," 29 Mar. 2018 Our 3,000-square-foot hacienda had a large living room, a master bedroom, a huge screened in porch (with a heavenly swing), and a private plunge pool. Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips from Houston," 12 Oct. 2018 Instead, rival network ITV will be screening the wedding in the UK. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "How Princess Eugenie's Royal Wedding Breaks Tradition," 3 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of screen

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1611, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for screen

Noun

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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of screen

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the usually flat part of a television or computer monitor that shows the images or text : the part of a television or computer that you look at when you are using it
: a large, flat, white surface on which images or movies are shown
: the art or profession of acting in movies

screen

verb

English Language Learners Definition of screen (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

noun
\ ˈskrēn \

Kids Definition of screen

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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)

screen

verb
screened; screening

Kids Definition of screen (Entry 2 of 2)

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.
\ ˈskrēn \

Medical Definition of screen

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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 (Entry 2 of 2)

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