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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Recent Examples on the Web The Utah Film Center will hold a one-time-only free virtual screening of the film, followed by a Q&A with Cohn, moderated by Planned Parenthood of Utah, Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. Tickets are limited. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, "In ‘Belly of the Beast,’ Utah filmmaker examines modern ‘eugenics’ in women’s prisons," 13 Oct. 2020 The tests, which are available after a pharmaceutical screening, cost $140 each and offer results within 72 hours after they are processed at a medical lab. Aidin Vaziri,, "Rapid at-home coronavirus tests are coming soon. Will they be a game-changer?," 12 Oct. 2020 Politically inclined members of the public can get a first look at the new space on Wednesday night, with a screening of the vice presidential debate at 8 p.m. Doug Maccash,, "Broad Theater debuts a new outdoor venue. Its first screening? The vice-presidential debate.," 6 Oct. 2020 According to Harper, the event would feature a screening of a movie for cadets, followed by a talkback/Q&A via Zoom. Rachel Yang,, "William Jackson Harper says Trump's executive order censored military academy from discussing Malcolm X," 6 Oct. 2020 Sumlin's positive test was found during a routine screening performed by the Intercollegiate Athletics Medical team. Emily Horos, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona football coach Kevin Sumlin tests positive for COVID-19," 5 Oct. 2020 And the president didn’t disclose a positive result from a rapid test for Covid-19 on Thursday while awaiting the findings from a more thorough coronavirus screening, according to people familiar with the matter. Andrew Restuccia And Alex Leary, WSJ, "Trump Remains Hospitalized as White House Cases Mount," 5 Oct. 2020 Journalists must wear masks, sit apart from one another and submit to a screening that involves a temperature check and answering questions about symptoms and possible exposure. Pamela Wood,, "Maryland Gov. Hogan’s coronavirus precautions: Tests, masks, fewer staff," 2 Oct. 2020 En route to Dubrovnik — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tested negative for COVID-19 in a precautionary screening following reports that President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have contracted the illness. Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, "Pompeo tests negative for COVID-19 but reevaluating travel schedule," 2 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of screening

1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of screening was in 1651

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17 Oct 2020

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“Screening.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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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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