screen

noun
\ ˈskrēn How to pronounce screen (audio) \

Definition of screen

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 How to pronounce screen (audio) \ 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 The screen printing facility needed to make tens of thousands of T-shirts documenting the Bucks' historic win. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 22 July 2021 Citing figures from data provider Nielsen, the company said that streaming represents just 27% of US television screen time. Charles Riley, CNN, 21 July 2021 Zelle will open your banking app’s log-in screen and ask you to input your username and password. Washington Post, 21 July 2021 The piece, produced for Atelier Vime by Olivades, features a painterly sea life motif created in collaboration with de Bascher and was made using a traditional relief screen-printing technique known as impressions au cadre. New York Times, 21 July 2021 All over the arena, swimmers rushed onto the pool deck or looked up at the giant video screen. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, 21 July 2021 All eyes are on you, with all the cameras capturing your reactions and displaying them on this giant screen. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 20 July 2021 Schools began buying proctoring software that relies on facial recognition and even screen monitoring. Sidney Fussell, Wired, 20 July 2021 Another area the offense could ramp up is screen passes to running backs. Scott Patsko, cleveland, 20 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Our hero hired a top firm of private detectives to screen them. New York Times, 14 July 2021 Just 10 theaters agreed to screen it to the public, far fewer than most films, according to Ratushnaya. NBC News, 21 June 2021 His doctors will, of course, have to screen him carefully to make sure his cancer doesn’t return. Heidi Stevens, chicagotribune.com, 1 June 2021 Starting on Friday, Film Forum will screen the movie for a week in a pristine 35-millimeter print. New York Times, 8 July 2021 In fact, his Netflix film, Da 5 Bloods, was scheduled to screen out of competition last year—an exception to Netflix’s boycott—before the pandemic canceled the event. Adam Epstein, Quartz, 7 July 2021 Bryant sees continued demand for his company's and competitors' tests because corporations will continue to screen employees returning to the office. Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, 27 May 2021 Should companies continue to screen job applicants for drug use? Ryan Randazzo, The Arizona Republic, 21 Nov. 2020 Locally, health systems continue to screen patients for the coronavirus. Ginger Christ, cleveland, 29 Jan. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/screen. Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce screen (audio) \

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.

screen

transitive verb
\ ˈskrēn How to pronounce screen (audio) \

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

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Medical Definition of screen (Entry 2 of 2)

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