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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Towns treated staff from the Timberwolves and the WNBA’s Lynx to a screening of the film last week. Brian Mahoney, The Seattle Times, "Gasol, Conley eager for answers during trade deadline week," 4 Feb. 2019 Governments recently adopting such programs include Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which moved last year to continuous screening of its employees after previously doing checks every two years. Michael Sasso And Jeff Green,, "Get ready for rolling background checks at work," 11 July 2018 Pam Bondi attempted to attend a screening of the Mister Rogers documentary a day after announcing her plan to end protections for health care consumers with pre-existing conditions. CBS News, "Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi responds after protesters confront her at Mr. Rogers movie," 25 June 2018 The night before, a special invitation-only screening of Black Panther put an end to a 35-year-old ban on commercial cinema in the deeply conservative Muslim Kingdom. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Frameworks lease kicks off next phase north Houston industrial park," 21 June 2018 After Merritt became famous, his father invited him to a screening of a documentary about his former manager, Doc Pomus, at Lincoln Center. John Seabrook, The New Yorker, "Stephin Merritt Unpacks His Peripatetic Past," 11 June 2018 The place will also showcase live screenings of matches and exclusive club content throughout the bar/restaurant., "Gunners Going Global: Arsenal Set to Open Official Shanghai Sports Bar & Restaurant," 29 May 2018 France and Germany have started to push for stricter screening of foreign investment, especially in sectors involving sensitive technology. The Economist, "Portugal’s energy giant may sell to a Chinese state-owned utility," 19 May 2018 Now there was not enough money for gas to travel to a screening in Bismarck, and not enough food for everyone’s dinner—and Phillips, for once visibly drained, sat in the bleachers and let his head rest in his hands. Rebecca Bengal, Vogue, "The Power of Nathan Phillips’s Song," 21 Jan. 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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