screen

noun
\ ˈskrēn How to pronounce screen (audio) \

Definition of screen

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a protective or ornamental device (such as a movable partition) shielding an area from heat or drafts or from view
2 : something that shelters, protects, or hides: such as
a : a growth or stand of trees, shrubs, or plants
b : a protective formation of troops, ships, or planes
c : something that covers or disguises the true nature (as of an activity or feeling) his geniality is just a screen
d(1) : a maneuver in various sports (such as basketball or ice hockey) whereby an opponent is legally impeded or the opponent's view of the play is momentarily blocked
(2) : screen pass
3a : a perforated plate or cylinder or a meshed wire or cloth fabric usually mounted and used to separate coarser from finer parts
b : a system for examining and separating into different groups
c : a piece of apparatus designed to prevent agencies in one part from affecting other parts an optical screen
d : a frame holding a usually metallic netting used especially in a window or door to exclude pests (such as insects)
4a : a flat surface on which a picture or series of pictures is projected or reflected
b : the surface on which the image appears in an electronic display (as in a television set, radar receiver, or computer terminal) also : the information displayed on a computer screen at one time
5 : a glass plate ruled with crossing opaque lines through which an image is photographed in making a halftone
6 : the motion-picture medium or industry

screen

verb
screened; screening; screens

Definition of screen (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to guard from injury or danger
2a : to give shelter or protection to with or as if with a screen
b : to separate with or as if with a screen also : to shield (an opponent) from a play or from view of a play
3a : to pass (something, such as coal, gravel, or ashes) through a screen to separate the fine part from the coarse also : to remove by a screen
b(1) : to examine usually methodically in order to make a separation into different groups
(2) : to select or eliminate by a screening process
(3) : to test or examine for the presence of something (such as a disease) patients were screened for hepatitis
4 : to provide with a screen to keep out pests (such as insects)
5a(1) : to present (something, such as a motion picture) for viewing on a screen
(2) : to view the presentation of (something, such as a motion picture)
b : to present in a motion picture

intransitive verb

1 : to appear on a motion-picture screen
2 : to provide a screen in a game or sport

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Other Words from screen

Verb

screenable \ ˈskrē-​nə-​bəl How to pronounce screen (audio) \ adjective
screener noun

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Verb

hide, conceal, screen, secrete, bury mean to withhold or withdraw from sight. hide may or may not suggest intent. hide in the closet a house hidden in the woods conceal usually does imply intent and often specifically implies a refusal to divulge. concealed the weapon screen implies an interposing of something that prevents discovery. a house screened by trees secrete suggests a depositing in a place unknown to others. secreted the amulet inside his shirt bury implies covering up so as to hide completely. buried the treasure

Examples of screen in a Sentence

Noun Don't sit too close to the screen or you'll get a headache. A pop-up ad appeared on the screen. When I go to the movies, I like to sit close to the screen. Verb A committee will screen candidates for the job, but the final hiring decision will be made by Ms. Brown. We screen the kids' music so that we can approve what they listen to. We'll be screening his latest film in two weeks.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The saga was first brought to the screen as a docuseries by French filmmaker Jean-Xavier de Lestrade, which premiered on French TV in 2004 and won a Peabody Award in 2006. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, 2 June 2021 The powerful yet tragic love story is brought to the screen by actor and filmmaker Sebastian Siegel, who wrote the screenplay based on Wilber’s book. Angela Dawson, Forbes, 31 May 2021 Regina King brings Kemp Powers’ play to the screen in her feature directing debut. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 27 May 2021 O'Connell is also working to bring more disability storylines to the TV screen. Michael Roppolo, CBS News, 18 May 2021 Its script is junk—but junk brought to the screen with verve. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 17 May 2021 Twenty-five years before Netflix released Halston, a five-part limited series starring Ewan McGregor as Roy Halston Frowick, director Daniel Minahan tried to bring the story to the screen as a movie. Nick Romano, EW.com, 14 May 2021 For The Woman in the Window, the journey from book to screen has been a long one. Annabel Gutterman, Time, 14 May 2021 Jeremy McQueen, and Angelica Chéri are bringing the story of mothers mourning sons stolen by police violence to the screen in A Mother’s Rite. Keyaira Boone, Essence, 7 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Amazon will no longer screen some workers for marijuana use. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 June 2021 New projects by Assasin's Creed helmer Justin Kurzel (Nitram), Asghar Farhadi (A Hero), and Tangerine and The Florida Project helmer's Sean Baker (Red Rocket, starring Simon Rex) will also screen in competition. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, 3 June 2021 In celebration of Asian-American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month, San Diego Filipino Cinema will screen virtually two documentary short films, one by Peter Okojie and the other by Drama Del Rosario, Saturday beginning at 5 p.m. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 May 2021 Fifty-seven feature and short films will screen at this year’s festival, with 15 feature-length films making their Texas debut. Destine Gibson, Dallas News, 27 May 2021 One dog can screen 250 to 300 people a day, according to the WHO. Ruth Bender, WSJ, 19 May 2021 The Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging will screen individuals for eligibility. Ed Wittenberg, cleveland, 13 May 2021 Another upside: Many hospitals routinely screen their workers for coronavirus infections. Los Angeles Times, 6 May 2021 Fox Home Health will screen individuals for eligibility, according to a news release. Jessica Flores, San Francisco Chronicle, 15 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of screen

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1611, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for screen

Noun

Middle English screne, from Anglo-French escren, from Middle Dutch scherm; akin to Old High German skirm shield; probably akin to Sanskrit carman skin, kṛnāti he injures — more at shear

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The first known use of screen was in the 14th century

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“Screen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/screen. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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screen

noun

English Language Learners Definition of screen

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the usually flat part of a television or computer monitor that shows the images or text : the part of a television or computer that you look at when you are using it
: a large, flat, white surface on which images or movies are shown
: the art or profession of acting in movies

screen

verb

English Language Learners Definition of screen (Entry 2 of 2)

: to examine (people or things) in order to decide if they are suitable for a particular purpose
: to do a test on (someone) to find out if that person has or is likely to develop a disease
: to do a test on (a person's blood, urine, etc.) to find out if the person has been using an illegal substance

screen

noun
\ ˈskrēn How to pronounce screen (audio) \

Kids Definition of screen

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a frame that holds a usually wire netting and is used to let air in but keep pests (as insects) out a window screen
2 : a curtain or wall used to hide or to protect
3 : the flat surface on which movies are projected
4 : the surface on which the image appears in an electronic display (as on a television set or computer terminal)
5 : a network of wire set in a frame for separating finer parts from coarser parts (as of sand)

screen

verb
screened; screening

Kids Definition of screen (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to hide or protect with or as if with a curtain or wall … the graveyard … was screened by a stand of evergreens.— Richard Peck, A Year Down Yonder
2 : to separate or sift with a network of wire set in a frame
3 : to look at carefully to select as suitable The committee screened job candidates.
\ ˈskrēn How to pronounce screen (audio) \

Medical Definition of screen

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to test or examine for the presence of something (as a disease) screen patients for prostate cancer a test to screen donor blood for HIV and hepatitis C— Penni Crabtree

screen

Medical Definition of screen (Entry 2 of 2)

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