Screen meaning

skrēn
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.

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To be screened or suitable for screening, as in films.
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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.

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A movable device, especially a framed construction such as a room divider or a decorative panel, designed to divide, conceal, or protect.
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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.

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A coarse sieve used for sifting out fine particles, as of sand, gravel, or coal.
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A system for preliminary appraisal and selection of personnel as to their suitability for particular jobs.
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A window or door insertion of framed wire or plastic mesh used to keep out insects and permit air flow.
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A body of troops or ships sent in advance of or surrounding a larger body to protect or warn of attack.
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To provide with a screen or screens.

Screen a porch.

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To show or project (a movie, for example) on a screen.
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Anything that functions to shield, protect, or conceal.

A smoke screen.

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A coarse mesh of wire, etc., used to sift out finer from coarser parts, as of sand or coal; sieve.
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A system for screening or selecting participants, candidates, etc.
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A section of mesh held in a frame, for use as in a window or door to keep insects out, serve as a barrier, etc.
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The surface area of a television set, personal computer, radar receiver, etc. on which images or data are displayed.
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Any protective military formation, as of troops or ships.
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An offensive maneuver or play in which a stationary player blocks or impedes the movement of a defensive player.
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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.
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A device used as a shield to prevent interference of some sort.
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To separate, conceal, shelter, or protect, with or as with a screen.
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To provide with a screen or screens.
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To sift through a coarse mesh so as to separate finer from coarser parts.
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A movable device that serves to protect, conceal, or divide.
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A surface or device on which an image is displayed for viewing.
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A screen memory.
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To process a group of people in order to select or separate certain individuals from it.
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To test or examine for the presence of disease or infection.
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To subject to genetic screening.
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The surface on which an image is displayed, as on a television, computer monitor, or radar receiver.
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An electrode placed between the plate (anode) and the control grid in a tetrode valve, used to reduce the capacitance between the grid and the plate, increasing its ability to respond to high frequencies, especially radio frequencies.
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The display area of a computer monitor, TV set, smartphone, tablet or other electronic device. The terms "screen" and "monitor" are used synonymously, although technically, the screen is the visual display part of a monitor. See touchscreen, flat panel display and CRT.
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A physical divider intended to block an area from view, or provide shelter from something dangerous.

A fire screen.

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A material woven from fine wires intended to block animals or large particles from passing while allowing gasses, liquids and finer particles to pass.
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The informational viewing area of electronic output devices; the result of the output.
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The viewing surface or area of a movie, or moving picture or slide presentation.
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One of the individual regions of a video game, etc. divided into separate screens.
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(basketball) An offensive tactic in which a player stands so as to block a defender from reaching a teammate.
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(baseball) The protective netting which protects the audience from flying objects.

Jones caught the foul up against the screen.

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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.
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(printing) A stencil upon a framed mesh through which paint is forced onto printed-on material; the frame with the mesh itself.
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(nautical) A collection of less-valuable vessels that travel with a more valuable one for the latter's protection.
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(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.
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To filter by passing through a screen.

Mary screened the beans to remove the clumps of gravel.

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To remove information, or censor intellectual material from viewing.

The news report was screened because it accused the politician of wrongdoing.

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(film, television) To present publicly (on the screen).

The news report will be screened at 11:00 tonight.

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To fit with a screen.

We need to screen this porch. These bugs are driving me crazy.

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Origin of screen

  • Middle English screne from Old North French escren from Middle Dutch scherm shield, screen sker-1 in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • 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").
    From Wiktionary
  • Alternate etymology derives Old French escren from Old Dutch *skrank (“barrier") (compare German Schrank (“cupboard"), Schranke (“fence").
    From Wiktionary