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 On Monday, the show’s cast and creator stepped out for a screening in LA marking season 2 of the popular show. Brande Victorian, Essence, 13 Oct. 2021 Some 112 festival selections are also available for online screening by registered market participants. Rebecca Souw, Variety, 9 Oct. 2021 Yesterday, Lopez was spotted hand in hand with Affleck at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood for the screening of his upcoming drama The Tender Bar. Sabrina Park, Harper's BAZAAR, 4 Oct. 2021 Set for screening are films from the past couple of years spanning several genres, including documentaries, biographies, shorts, dramas and comedies. cleveland, 2 Oct. 2021 Guests will be required to show a current photo ID and proof of vaccination for each screening. Ryan Patrick Hooper, Detroit Free Press, 1 Oct. 2021 Women must be prequalified and registered in advance for the mammogram screening. Mary Lou Cruz,, 30 Sep. 2021 In addition to the royal family and the film’s stars and producers, Town & Country reports, the audience for the premiere screening included members of the military and health care workers. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 28 Sep. 2021 Because creatinine tests are useful for screening but may need further confirmation, the report makes a second recommendation. Usha Lee Mcfarling, STAT, 26 Sep. 2021

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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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18 Oct 2021

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“Screening.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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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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