- to screen in advance; select before a more detailed selecting process.
Origin of prescreen
- the act or work of a person who screens, as in ascertaining the character and competence of applicants, employees, etc.
- the showing of a motion picture: There will be screenings at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
- screenings, (used with a singular or plural verb)
- undesirable material that has been separated from usable material by means of a screen or sieve: screenings of imperfect grain.
- extremely fine coal.
- the meshed material used in screens for windows and doors.
Origin of screening
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Word Origin and History for prescreening
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The examination of a group of usually asymptomatic individuals to detect those with a high probability of having or developing a given disease.
- The initial evaluation of an individual, intended to determine suitability for a particular treatment modality.
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