- 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 screenedcloset, retired, abandoned, cloistered, reserved, isolate, quiet, quarantined, deserted, shy, close, hidden, removed, withdrawn, segregated, beleaguered, blockaded, alone, aloof, confidential
Examples from the Web for screened
Contemporary Examples of screened
The commissioner—no idea how or whether applicants were screened for racial biases.The Only Way to End Police Violence
December 5, 2014
Redmayne ran into Hawking right before he was screened the film in London.Eddie Redmayne’s Time Has Come: On His Heartrending Turn as Stephen Hawking and Benedict Bromance
November 3, 2014
However, only candidates who are screened by the 1,200-piece panel and deemed “patriotic” will appear on the ballot.Is Hong Kong Tiananmen 2.0?
September 29, 2014
But she also recognizes that it places women who are told that they screened for HPV in a frustrating limbo.The Silent Shame of HPV
August 29, 2014
Sometimes they screened films which they themselves did not understand.Prisoners Get Cultural Fix with 8-Tracks and Bootleg Cassettes
August 18, 2014
Historical Examples of screened
Then screened by the bushes, she could have reached out and touched Oka Sayye.Her Father's Daughter
The dust of the road arose in a cloud and screened the battle.White Fang
Nowhere was it so screened that an approaching enemy could surprise them.
We were now under the trees, which albeit leafless yet screened us partly from the road.The Suitors of Yvonne
A second door which led into another apartment, was screened by a heavy curtain.Australia Revenged
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.