screen

noun
\ ˈskrēn \

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 \ 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 former was held in July by the Paris Peripherique with Georgian wedding tables becoming the runway; the latter at the sensory overload of a show held in a screen tunnel constructed at Luc Besson’s film studio. Vogue, "Vogue Editors Share Their Favorite Fashion Shows of the Year," 28 Dec. 2018 But following the credits, Jackson appears on screen for a 30-minute, behind-the-scenes addendum. Chuck Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "What You Need To Know Before Watching "They Shall Not Grow Old"," 28 Dec. 2018 Its walls are filled with TV screens showing the news channels of every country in the world. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "Trump the Opera—II," 26 Dec. 2018 Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan bring such emotional depth to their characters and their on screen chemistry is so compelling that without them, this episode, while loaded with suspense, feels hollow. Outlander Fan, Marie Claire, "5 Biggest Takeaways From 'Outlander' Season 4 Episode 7," 17 Dec. 2018 Patricia Richardson captured America’s hearts as Tim Allen’s on-screen wife, Jill Taylor, on Home Improvement. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'Home Improvement' Star Patricia Richardson Explains Why She Left the Show," 8 Dec. 2018 But there are also a few touches that just scream Shields—like a ginormous bathroom complete with a flat screen TV, a private dressing room, and even a pool out back that gives a nod to her performance in Blue Lagoon. Lauren Smith, House Beautiful, "Looking To Rent? You Can Stay In Brook Shields’ California Mansion For $25K A Month," 6 Dec. 2018 Turn the ringer off and switch over to a good paperback, because some research has shown that our screen use may be keeping us up late. Yvette D'entremont, SELF, "I'm a Scientist With Insomnia So I Researched How to Actually Get Better Sleep," 28 Nov. 2018 This will be Streep's first time becoming a grandma IRL, but she's played the part on screen before. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Meryl Streep Is Becoming a Grandma for the First Time," 9 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Follow the film on social media or periodically check its website for screening information. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Anna and the Apocalypse: A zombie-Christmas-high school musical can’t be this good," 1 Dec. 2018 Among the highlights for landlords on those platforms are screening tenants using credit and background checks, assistance in marketing the vacancy on listings platforms or elsewhere, collecting rent, and fielding maintenance requests. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "Online property management tools are moving the landlord-tenant relationship to the internet," 7 Nov. 2018 This test is not looking for a specific disease diagnosis, but rather screens the embryo for the normal number of chromosomes. Jennifer Gerson, Marie Claire, "What Role Can Genetic Testing Play in IVF and Egg Freezing?," 1 Oct. 2018 On Saturday, July 7, Cinestudio, on the campus of Trinity College in Hartford, will have a one-time-only world premiere screening of a movie made by high-schooler Bradley Plausse. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "Teen Trauma Drama 'Goodnight (or Good Morning)' At Cinestudio," 30 June 2018 The film won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival this year and has taken home awards from festivals in Miami, Mill Valley, Stockholm, and São Paulo among others, and this week it’s being screened at the United Nation headquarters in New York. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "The Stunning Capernaum Tells a Gripping Tale of Refugees in Lebanon," 13 Dec. 2018 If an acquisition isn’t screened, other EU members and the commission will still have the right to react at the latest within 15 months of an investment’s completion. Emre Peker, WSJ, "EU to Step Up Review of Foreign Investments," 20 Nov. 2018 The next devices found were sent to the homes of Barack Obama and Bill and Hillary Clinton, all of whom still have their mail screened by the Secret Service. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "The Technology of Pipe Bombs and Suspicious Packages, Explained," 25 Oct. 2018 All passengers were screened by the local health authorities prior to disembarkation, and three passengers and seven crew members were transferred to the hospital for further medical care and evaluation. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Emirates plane carrying sick passengers lands at JFK airport, officials say," 2 Oct. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'screen.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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

verb

English Language Learners Definition of screen

: 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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