screen·​ing | \ˈskrē-niŋ \

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

And at its recent Fantastic Fest screening, the film proved to be wilder than just about any of its space history counterparts. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Laika: Forget historic tragedy, this first space dog saves alien planets," 14 Oct. 2018 October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which means a portion of the profit proceeds of the beauty products below will go to breast cancer screening, treatment, and research. Jesa Marie Calaor, Allure, "9 Beauty Products Supporting 2018's Breast Cancer Awareness Month (and How Much They're Donating)," 11 Oct. 2018 To do this, doctors might perform a physical exam, do drug and alcohol screenings, and conduct psychiatric evaluations to assess symptoms like delusions and hallucinations, the Mayo Clinic explains. Nina Bahadur, SELF, "9 Facts to Know About Schizophrenia, Which Is Way Too Misunderstood," 15 Sep. 2018 Workers must present a badge, go through a metal detector and biometric screening, which analyzes a fingerprint. Evan Bush, The Seattle Times, "Sea-Tac adds security measures to cargo areas, terminals after theft of Horizon Air plane," 13 Aug. 2018 Though the open-mic night is one of the last Homeward Bound events, Ms. Lum often hosts film screenings, public workshops on arts like papermaking and puppetry, and other events through her community group, the W.O.W. Project. New York Times, "Things to Do in NYC: Astoria for a Pool Day, and Open-Mic Night Plus Dumplings in Chinatown," 12 July 2018 Free services include dental screenings, dermatology consultations, eye glasses information and adjustments and haircuts as well as immunizations for those who meet certain requirements. Staff Report, Daily Southtown, "Community news: Lincoln-Way cadets take 3rd at national academic bowl," 12 July 2018 With Push the Feeling DJs; pop-up beer garden; extended aquarium/exhibition hours; The Plant Ladym and Sutro Stewards, plant talks; planetarium screening; cocktails., "Exhibits listings," 12 July 2018 Donors must be prepared to undergo extensive medical and psychological screenings, including a check for the human leukocyte antigen HLA, which plays a role in the body’s immune response to foreign substances. Deanese Williams-harris,, "People are using social media to improve their odds of finding organ donors: 'Doing it can save my life'," 6 July 2018

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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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