- any of various offensive plays in which teammates form a protective formation around the ball carrier, pass receiver, shooter, etc.
- any of various defensive plays in which teammates conceal or block an opposing ball carrier, pass receiver, shooter, or the goal, basket, net, etc., itself.
verb (used with object)
- to show (a motion picture), especially to an invited audience, as of exhibitors and critics.
- to photograph with a motion-picture camera; film.
- to adapt (a story, play, etc.) for presentation as a motion picture.
verb (used without object)
Origin of screen
Synonyms for screen
Related Words for screencurtain, net, cover, shield, filter, evaluate, cull, select, scan, envelope, veil, mantle, shelter, concealment, partition, mask, cloak, shroud, guard, security
Examples from the Web for screen
Contemporary Examples of screen
“JSwipe is currently under heavy load,” flashed across the screen, one night as a friend and I looked at it.My Week on Jewish Tinder
January 5, 2015
A more rugged version of American masculinity is hard to find on screen.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
If the ball gets in the hole, the screen shifts to reveal the next hole.
When the game starts, there is only sand, a white ball, a flag indicating hole 1, and a “0” at the top of the screen.
If the ball goes off the screen, it teleports back to the starting position.
Historical Examples of screen
He took Viviette by the arm and roughly thrust her past the screen.Viviette
William J. Locke
A nurse stayed behind the screen, and her work was done by the others.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
The doctor motioned me to a table behind the screen of which Kitty had spoken.The Bacillus of Beauty
It was Miss Eileen that heard the screen ripped out and told me it was gone.
Then they tore out the dam, rinsed the screen and spread it over a rock to dry.
Word Origin for screen
mid-14c., "upright piece of furniture providing protection from heat of a fire, drafts, etc.," probably from a shortened (Anglo-French? cf. Anglo-Latin screna) variant of Old North French escren, Old French escran "fire-screen" (early 14c.), perhaps from Middle Dutch scherm "screen, cover, shield," or Frankish *skrank "barrier," from Proto-Germanic *skerm- (cf. Old High German skirm, skerm "protection," from PIE *(s)ker- "to cut" (see shear (v.)).
Meaning "net-wire frame used in windows and doors" is recorded from 1859. Meaning "flat vertical surface for reception of projected images" is from 1810, originally in reference to magic lantern shows; later of movies. Transferred sense of "cinema world collectively" is attested from 1914; hence screen test (1918), etc. Screen saver first attested 1990. Screen printing recorded from 1918.
"to shield from punishment, to conceal," late 15c., from screen (n.). Meaning "examine systematically for suitability" is from 1943; sense of "to release a movie" is from 1915. Related: Screened; screening.