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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Sunde then failed to show up for a random drug screening on Aug. 23. Christopher Kuhagen, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The woman involved in the I-94 standoff with police has been caught, authorities say," 29 Aug. 2019 The measure also set deadlines for the screening to be put into place by the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection and the Postal Service. Washington Post, "Feds: Drug ring had enough cheap fentanyl to kill 14 million," 29 Aug. 2019 Ghostbusters heads back to movie theaters for two nights only — Oct. 6 and 10 — for this special screening. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Ghostbusters is headed back to movie theaters for its 35th anniversary," 28 Aug. 2019 Prescott has worked since creating the foundation to partner with organizations that fund cancer research, raise awareness for screenings and offer financial assistance to patients and their families. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, "‘Goodness, I’m getting emotional’: How Cowboys QB Dak Prescott brought Jerry Jones to tears at gala," 27 Aug. 2019 On Tuesday, the task force published new guidelines that say more women should be considered for screening. Lauran Neergaard, Los Angeles Times, "More women should consider BRCA test to assess breast cancer risk, new guidelines say," 20 Aug. 2019 The new threshold for screening is necessary, because doctors routinely miss cases of abuse. Richard Klasco, Time, "Don’t Get Mad if a Doctor Says They Need to Screen Your Child for Abuse," 30 July 2019 Hunter, who’s also one of the founders of the Sidewalk festival, is scheduled to return to his hometown for the screening here, and will likely speak to the audience at the Alabama Theatre, 1817 Third Ave. North. Mary Colurso |,, "Sidewalk Film Festival 2019: Organizers announce (nearly) full lineup & schedule," 24 July 2019 The mandate eliminates co-payments, deductibles and out-of-pocket expenses of more than $20 for breast cancer screenings. Tess Vrbin,, "Legislators, advocates praise health insurance expansion for breast cancer screenings," 18 July 2019

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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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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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