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 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.
Security guards formed a screen around the president. A screen of evergreens afforded privacy from our neighbors.
A star of stage and screen.
Screen a porch.
A filter that screens e-mail, preventing spam from reaching the inbox.
Screen blood; screen a patient.
A smoke screen.
To screen callers to a talk show.
A fire screen.
The news report will be screened at 11:00 tonight.
Other Word Forms
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").
- Alternate etymology derives Old French escren from Old Dutch *skrank (“barrier") (compare German Schrank (“cupboard"), Schranke (“fence").