verb (used with object)

to screen in advance; select before a more detailed selecting process.

Nearby words

  1. prescore,
  2. prescott,
  3. prescott, samuel,
  4. prescott, william,
  5. prescott, william hickling,
  6. prescribe,
  7. prescript,
  8. prescriptible,
  9. prescription,
  10. prescriptive

Origin of prescreen

First recorded in 1965–70; pre- + screen




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)
  1. undesirable material that has been separated from usable material by means of a screen or sieve: screenings of imperfect grain.
  2. extremely fine coal.
the meshed material used in screens for windows and doors.

Origin of screening

First recorded in 1715–25; screen + -ing1

Related formspre·screen·ing, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for prescreening



also pre-screen, 1952, of movies, from pre- + screen (v.). Related: Prescreened; prescreening.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for prescreening




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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