screen·​ing ˈskrē-niŋ How to pronounce screening (audio)
: the act or process of one that screens
screenings plural in form but singular or plural in construction : material (such as waste or fine coal) separated out by means of a screen
: metal or plastic mesh (as for window screens)
: a showing of a motion picture

Example Sentences

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Depp winked at the camera, which was beaming a close-up of his face onto giant screens in both the Lumière and the press screening happening next door. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 17 May 2023 And for the record, she and her fellow jury members were introduced at the opening-night event that preceded the screening. Mary Mcnamara, Los Angeles Times, 17 May 2023 Reviews posted afterward echoed the more tepid response observed at the screening. Jessica Wang,, 16 May 2023 But the screening in the South of France would put the film — and its director — on the world map for the first time, providing a vital early boost on a remarkable trajectory. Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 May 2023 If the families fail the screening, they could be deported. Louis Casiano, Fox News, 10 May 2023 Immigration officials also plan to deploy as many as 1,000 asylum officers to conduct expedited screenings for asylum seekers to more quickly determine whether someone meets the standard to stay in the US. Maria Verza,, 10 May 2023 The screening will take place in the Salle Des Princes theatre. Charna Flam, Variety, 10 May 2023 The filmmakers will be in attendance at the screening, set for 7 p.m. June 9. Chris Foran, Journal Sentinel, 9 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of screening was in 1651

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“Screening.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2023.

Kids Definition


screen·​ing ˈskrē-niŋ How to pronounce screening (audio)
: a net (as of metal or plastic) used especially for screens
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