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

Even Miller and Armstrong, long before Unbelievable was made, saw the difficulty in potentially adapting a story of rape for the screen, attributing the challenge to the delicate nature of such cases. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "Netflix’s Unbelievable Is a Different Sort of Drama About Sexual Assault," 13 Sep. 2019 For Walker, that could be as simple as hesitating in the space behind the screen, forcing more conservative defenses into a gut check. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "Top 100 NBA Players of 2020," 12 Sep. 2019 Combine the extra camera with the brighter HDR screen, and the 11 Pro feels more like a camera that happens to take calls than a phone that takes pictures. Wired, "How to Pick the Right iPhone 11 and Where to Preorder It," 12 Sep. 2019 In some of the trucks, oil sludge or other debris can clog the screen, reducing oil flow and causing the pump's vacuum output to drop, Flores said. NBC News, "GM recalls nearly 3.8M pickups, SUVs to fix brake issues," 11 Sep. 2019 Still to come At the stations, passengers can now see real-time schedules on the screens, and system maps are currently being installed. Kellie Hwang, Indianapolis Star, "The first week of Red Line service is over. Here's the unofficial ridership count.," 10 Sep. 2019 For nearly seven years, Quartz has been obsessed with how technology infuses our lives, from Machines with Brains (algorithms and robots) to Glass (screens) to Powering Up (big tech innovation and privacy). Kevin J. Delaney, Quartz, "Quartz will use audience and AI to investigate online political influence," 9 Sep. 2019 Mills threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Connor Weddington on a wide receiver screen, and then led an 80-yard touchdown drive that was capped off by Cameron Scarlett’s 3-yard run. Harold Gutmann, The Mercury News, "Takeaways: Mistakes, missed opportunities doom Stanford in loss to USC," 8 Sep. 2019 So the film is a split-screen, of both characters talking, running simultaneously. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "Star of the Doritos Time Machine Super Bowl commercial has made a very unusual film," 8 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Most of the men in the analysis went to a doctor for screening because of concerns about a breast mass. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Male breast cancer screening in high-risk patients extremely successful, study says," 17 Sep. 2019 In addition to tackling such questions, Carette’s team plans to search for drug candidates by screening for chemicals that either stop enteroviruses interacting with SETD3 or degrade the protein. Simon Makin, Scientific American, "A Newly Identified Protein May Be the Key to Vanquishing the Common Cold," 17 Sep. 2019 There is going to be a lot more daylight hitting yards and a lot more need for screening shrubbery and trees to block now-visible neighbors’ views. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Our spruce trees are dying. We need to talk about what happens next.," 30 Aug. 2019 Protocols of screening baby food and other items through security checkpoints can vary from airport to airport. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, azcentral, "Why Sen. Martha McSally wants to make airport security screenings easier for parents," 15 Aug. 2019 Conan O’Brien said Wednesday night, at the Warner Bros./New Line ScareDiego Comic Con event, after screening the new promo clip for It Chapter Two. Clark Collis, EW.com, "Watch the terrifying new trailer for It Chapter Two," 18 July 2019 There are similarities between Morris and Maker, with both players capable of screening and popping to the 3-point line — although Morris has a slightly better career percentage than Maker (32.6%). Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Here's what the Detroit Pistons hope Markieff Morris will bring to the team," 2 July 2019 Based on the first three episodes made available for screening, the answer is, oh, probably not. oregonlive.com, "‘The Loudest Voice,’ starring Russell Crowe, tells a familiar but timely story about the rise of Fox News," 26 June 2019 This fall sees the 25th anniversary of the first episode’s airing, and twelve episodes of the show will be screened in theaters across America to mark the occasion. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "The Mysteriously Enduring Appeal of Friends," 10 Sep. 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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