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

These include the deportation of 12 parents and ongoing safety and screening procedures for the remaining 8. Sarah Nechamkin, The Cut, "Exactly How Many Separated Immigrant Families Have Been Reunited?," 10 July 2018 The incident unfolded Sunday at a screening area of the Miami International Airport. Dana Hedgpeth, The Seattle Times, "Man tried to bring python on plane by hiding it inside a computer hard drive," 10 July 2018 The one-night screening includes an introduction by Four Horsemen manager J.J. Dillon. 7 p.m. AMC Concord Mills and Regal Stonecrest. Courtney Devores, charlotteobserver, "Your 5-minute guide to the best things to do in Charlotte | July 6-12," 5 July 2018 The screenings are a community service offered by the Farmington Valley Visiting Nurses Association. Courant Community, "Community News For The Valley Edition," 10 July 2018 Each screening will be in 70 mm, a higher resolution than usual films. Kayla Fitzgerald, sacbee, "Additional showtimes of '2001: A Space Odyssey' slated for Tower Theatre," 10 July 2018 Drugwatch, a consumer advocacy organization based in Orlando, is hosting the screening. Hal Boedeker,, "‘Bleeding Edge’: Netflix doc screens at Winter Park Public Library," 7 July 2018 The movie starts at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, with family activities before the screening at the shopping development at 20111 W. Blue Mound Road. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Ant-Man and the Wasp'," 5 July 2018 The drug may also cause an incorrect positive in urine drug screening tests for methadone, opiates, and PCP, according to the drug website. Korin Miller, SELF, "What to Know About Bonjesta, the Morning Sickness Drug Kim Kardashian Is Posting About on Instagram," 28 June 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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