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 screenable (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

Twenty-five years ago today, Americans were riveted by the real-life drama unfolding on their TV screens as O.J. Simpson led police on a slow-speed chase in a white Bronco. Brian Pascus, CBS News, "25 years later, cameraman who filmed the O.J. Simpson Bronco chase calls it "pretty historical"," 17 June 2019 Viewers around the nation settled in front of their TV screens to watch the New York Knicks take on the Houston Rockets in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. Doug Criss, CNN, "25 years ago today, America stopped to watch the cops chase O.J. in a white Ford Bronco," 17 June 2019 By holding these disparate impulses in tension, the works highlight an in-between space that is quieter but richer than the typically one-dimensional images of blackness that stream across our screens. Sharon Mizota, latimes.com, "Review: A painter probes hip-hop stereotypes and what it means to be black and male," 17 June 2019 Keep your screens on windows and doors in good repair. Betty Cahill, The Denver Post, "How to get rid of mosquitoes in your yard," 14 June 2019 But the series has gone all but dark ever since Blacklist graced our screens in 2013, and Ubisoft has been curiously quiet surrounding its status. Brittany Vincent, Popular Mechanics, "The Best New Video Games We Can’t Wait to Play at E3 This Week," 10 June 2019 For there is certainly no barrier to an infinite number of women clicking the cobalt-blue letters@nytimes.com on their screens, or to women availing themselves of the same postal address that so many more men have heretofore copied down. Lionel Shriver, Harper's magazine, "Fifty-Fifty Follies," 10 June 2019 This isn't to say Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Nicole Kidman, Zoe Kravitz, and Shailene Woodley aren't a delight to have back on our screens. Kathryn Lindsay, refinery29.com, "The Star Of The Big Little Lies Season 2 Premiere Was Meryl Streep's Scream," 10 June 2019 Glowing skin illuminated our screens this week on Instagram. Vogue, "The Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Beyoncé, Jorja Smith, Rina Sawayama, and More," 9 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In your situation, the interviewer might have been less experienced in screening job candidates and needed more information to determine a good match. Kimberly Thompson, Houston Chronicle, "Career Rescue: What is the best resume length?," 16 June 2019 Athletics general manager David Forst said Friday doctors believe Piscotty’s was discovered early because of his diligence in getting screened. Jerry Mcdonald, The Mercury News, "Piscotty back with A’s after melanoma surgery, won’t play yet," 15 June 2019 Expect those to get even better at screening unwanted calls. Doreen Christensen, sun-sentinel.com, "What cell carriers plan to do to aggressively block robocalls after FCC ruling," 7 June 2019 The Mayo Clinic notes that there isn’t a great standardized method for screening for HSDD. Vanessa Marin, Allure, "Ask a Sex Therapist: Is My Sex Drive Low Because I Just Had a Baby, or Is It HSDD?," 16 May 2019 In 2009, the International Gene Synthesis Consortium proposed guidelines for how gene synthesis companies should screen customers’ orders for potentially dangerous chunks of DNA, such as those found in harmful viruses or toxin genes. R. Daniel Bressler, Vox, "“Designer bugs”: how the next pandemic might come from a lab," 6 Dec. 2018 Disputing arguments that Muslim nations were singled out, administration officials said the final version of the travel ban was based on a review of other nation’s security policies on screening residents who travel or emigrate abroad. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "Trump administration’s travel ban upheld by U.S. Supreme Court," 26 June 2018 The investments, made under the guidance of the bank’s U.S. monitor, have gone toward implementing a more robust model for managing risks, as well as an enhanced transaction-monitoring and sanctions-screening system. Kristin Broughton, WSJ, "European Banks Tighten Belts to Fund Compliance Investments," 4 Mar. 2019 However, there's one major player that unfortunately won't be gracing our television screens this time around—the Time Bandit commercial fishing boat. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "This Is Why 'Deadliest Catch' Won't Feature the Time Bandit Anymore," 28 Apr. 2019

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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 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.
\ 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

screen

Medical Definition of screen (Entry 2 of 2)

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