screen·​ing | \ ˈskrē-niŋ How to pronounce screening (audio) \

Definition of screening

1 : the act or process of one that screens
2 screenings plural in form but singular or plural in construction : material (such as waste or fine coal) separated out by means of a screen
3 : metal or plastic mesh (as for window screens)
4 : a showing of a motion picture

Examples of screening in a Sentence

methods of screening for cancer Players must pass three random drug screenings. Federal agents handle passenger and luggage screening at the airport. The company will be conducting applicant screenings Wednesday.
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Some Portland hospitals have shorter wait times for mental health screenings. oregonlive, "Child or teen needs mental health treatment? In Portland area, they face agonizing waits," 10 Sep. 2019 For example, Southwest provides free health screenings, including blood-pressure and cholesterol checks, at Strongsville’s Walter F. Ehrnfelt Recreation and Senior Center. Bob Sandrick,, "In Strongsville, Issue 67 would renew hospital tax; Issue 68 would grant liquor permit," 9 Sep. 2019 The fair will offer free flu shots and health screenings, as well as snacks, ice cream and activities for all ages. Anne Gelhaus, The Mercury News, "Saratoga community briefs for the week of Sept. 6," 6 Sep. 2019 Participants could also ask doctors who were on-site some questions or receive free health screenings. Mark Kellam, Glendale News-Press, "Event helps attendees relax, learn healthy changes," 30 Aug. 2019 Newsom’s personal journey motivated him to spend $100 million in the current budget on developmental and health screenings for infants and toddlers in low-income families. Los Angeles Times, "Gov. Gavin Newsom, who struggled with dyslexia, is writing a children’s book about it," 15 Aug. 2019 The expo will feature live entertainment and giveaways, as well as provide resources and services to families like free health screenings. San Diego Union-Tribune, "What to watch for at this weekend’s UnidosUS Conference," 2 Aug. 2019 The letter includes a list of topics and questions that the doctors suggest be posed to each facility holding migrant children, ranging from health screening to treatment and surveillance for infectious illnesses like the flu. Graham Kates, CBS News, "Doctors call for investigation after 3 migrant children in custody die of flu," 1 Aug. 2019 Riley had excelled on the State Police entrance exam and passed required health screenings but was disqualified in the interview process. Aidan Ryan,, "Officer files motion against State Police, saying it hasn’t admitted him to academy ‘without preconditions’," 19 July 2019

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First Known Use of screening

1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of screening

: an event in which a movie is shown to an audience
: the act of doing a test on a person or a person's blood, urine, etc., to look for evidence of a disease, illegal drug, etc.
: the act of examining people or things in order to decide if they are suitable for a particular purpose

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