- The definition of a screen is something used to divide, protect, block or shield.
- An example of a screen is a framed mesh door used for keeping insects out of a house when the solid door is open.
- An example of a screen is a Japanese room divider.
- An example of a screen is spf 30 skin lotion used to block the sun's effects on the skin.
- Screen is defined as to show, examine or separate.
- An example of screen is a movie theater showing Oscar nominated films; to screen a movie.
- An example of screen is to phone interview potential employees; to screen the best candidates.
- An example of screen is to plant bushes in front of an air conditioner unit to keep it from being seen; to screen from view.
An old screen door.
- a light, movable, covered frame or series of frames hinged together, serving as a portable partition to separate, conceal, shelter, or protect
- any partition or curtain serving such a purpose
- anything that functions to shield, protect, or conceal: a smoke screen
- a coarse mesh of wire, etc., used to sift out finer from coarser parts, as of sand or coal; sieve
- a system for screening or separating different types of persons, etc.
- a frame covered with a mesh, as of wire or plastic, used to keep insects out, serve as a barrier, etc. as on a window
- a flat, reflective or translucent surface, as a matte white sheet or one of beaded vinyl, upon which films, slides, etc. are projected
- the film industry or art
- the surface area of a television set, personal computer, radar receiver, etc. on which light patterns are formed
- any protective military formation, as of troops or ships
- ☆ Basketball an offensive maneuver or play in which a stationary player blocks or impedes the movement of a defensive player
- ☆ Football screen pass
- Photoengraving in the halftone process, a set of two glass plates cemented together so that parallel lines engraved in one plate are at right angles to the lines of the other plate
- Physics a device used as a shield to prevent interference of some sort
- ☆ Psychoanalysis a form of concealment, as a person in a dream who stands for another or others with whom he has some characteristics in common
Origin of screenMiddle English skrene, sieve, curtain ; from Old French escren ; from Germanic as in Old High German scerm (Ger shirm), guard, protection, screen ; from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)ker-, to cut from source shear, score
- to separate, conceal, shelter, or protect, with or as with a screen
- to provide with a screen or screens
- to sift through a coarse mesh so as to separate finer from coarser parts
- to interview or test so as to separate according to skills, personality, aptitudes, etc.
- to separate in this way: usually with out
- to project (pictures, etc.) upon a screen, as with a film or slide projector
- to show (a film, etc.) to critics, the public, etc.
- A movable device, especially a framed construction such as a room divider or a decorative panel, designed to divide, conceal, or protect.
- One that serves to protect, conceal, or divide: Security guards formed a screen around the president. A screen of evergreens afforded privacy from our neighbors.
- A coarse sieve used for sifting out fine particles, as of sand, gravel, or coal.
- A system for preliminary appraisal and selection of personnel as to their suitability for particular jobs.
- A window or door insertion of framed wire or plastic mesh used to keep out insects and permit air flow.
- a. A surface or device on which an image, such as a movie, is displayed for viewing.b. The medium in which movies are shown: a star of stage and screen.
- A body of troops or ships sent in advance of or surrounding a larger body to protect or warn of attack.
- a. Sports A block, set with the body, that impedes the vision or movement of an opponent.b. Football A screen pass.
transitive verbscreened, screen·ing, screens
- To provide with a screen or screens: screen a porch.
- To show or project (a movie, for example) on a screen.
- a. To conceal from view with a screen or something that acts like a screen: “Only a narrow line of brush and saplings screened the broad vista of the marsh” (David M. Carroll). See Synonyms at block.b. To protect, guard, or shield: “This rose is screened from the wind with burlap” (Anne Raver).
- a. To separate or sift out (fine particles of sand, for example) by means of a sieve or screen.b. To sort through and eliminate unwanted examples of (something): a filter that screens e-mail, preventing spam from reaching the inbox.
- a. To examine (a job applicant, for example) systematically in order to determine suitability.b. To test or evaluate (a student) to determine placement in an educational system or to identify specific learning needs.c. To test or examine for the presence of disease or infection: screen blood; screen a patient.d. To subject to genetic screening.
- Sports a. To block the vision or movement of (an opponent) with the body.b. To obscure an opponent's view of (a shot) by positioning oneself between the opponent and the shooter.
Origin of screenMiddle English screne, from Old North French escren, from Middle Dutch scherm, shield, screen; see sker-1 in Indo-European roots.
- A physical divider intended to block an area from view, or provide shelter from something dangerous.
- a fire screen
- A material woven from fine wires intended to block animals or large particles from passing while allowing gasses, liquids and finer particles to pass.
- The informational viewing area of electronic output devices; the result of the output.
- The viewing surface or area of a movie, or moving picture or slide presentation.
- One of the individual regions of a video game, etc. divided into separate screens.
- (basketball) An offensive tactic in which a player stands so as to block a defender from reaching a teammate.
- (baseball) The protective netting which protects the audience from flying objects
- Jones caught the foul up against the screen.
- In mining and quarries, a frame supporting a mesh of bars or wires used to classify fragments of stone by size, allowing the passage of fragments whose a diameter is smaller than the distance between the bars or wires.
- (printing) A stencil upon a framed mesh through which paint is forced onto printed-on material; the frame with the mesh itself.
- (nautical) A collection of less-valuable vessels that travel with a more valuable one for the latter's protection.
- (architecture) A dwarf wall or partition carried up to a certain height for separation and protection, as in a church, to separate the aisle from the choir, etc.
(third-person singular simple present screens, present participle screening, simple past and past participle screened)
- To filter by passing through a screen.
- Mary screened the beans to remove the clumps of gravel.
- To remove information, or censor intellectual material from viewing
- The news report was screened because it accused the politician of wrongdoing.
- (film, television) To present publicly (on the screen).
- The news report will be screened at 11:00 tonight.
- To fit with a screen.
- We need to screen this porch. These bugs are driving me crazy.
From Middle English scren, screne (“windscreen, firescreen”), from Anglo-Norman escren (“firescreen, the tester of a bed”), Old French escren, escrein, escran (modern French écran (“screen”)), from Old Dutch *scerm, skirm (“screen”), from Proto-Germanic *skirmiz (“fur, shelter, screen”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)ker- (“to cut, divide”). Cognate with Dutch scherm (“screen”), German Schirm (“screen”).
Alternate etymology derives Old French escren from Old Dutch *skrank (“barrier”) (compare German Schrank (“cupboard”), Schranke (“fence”).