a movable or fixed device, usually consisting of a covered frame, that provides shelter, serves as a partition, etc.
a permanent, usually ornamental partition, as around the choir of a church or across the hall of a medieval house.
a specially prepared, light-reflecting surface on which motion pictures, slides, etc., may be projected.
Electronics. a surface on which electronically created images or text are displayed, as on a television, computer, mobile device, or radar receiver.
Digital Technology. frame (def. 9).
motion pictures collectively or the motion-picture industry.
anything that shelters, protects, or conceals: a screen of secrecy; A screen of fog prevented our seeing the ship.
a frame holding a mesh of wire, cloth, or plastic, for placing in a window or doorway, around a porch, etc., to admit air but exclude insects.
a sieve, riddle, or other meshlike device used to separate smaller particles or objects from larger ones, as for grain or sand.
a system for screening or grouping people, objects, etc.
Military. a body of troops sent out to protect the movement of an army.
Navy. a protective formation of small vessels, as destroyers, around or in front of a larger ship or ships.
Physics. a shield designed to prevent interference between various agencies: electric screen.
Electronics. screen grid.
Photography. a plate of ground glass or the like on which the image is brought into focus in a camera before being photographed.
Photoengraving. a transparent plate containing two sets of fine parallel lines, one crossing the other, used in the halftone process.
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.
to shelter, protect, or conceal with or as if with a screen.
to select, reject, consider, or group (people, objects, ideas, etc.) by examining systematically: Job applicants were screened by the personnel department.
to provide with a screen or screens to exclude insects: He screened the porch so they could enjoy sitting out on summer evenings.
to sift or sort by passing through a screen.
to project (a motion picture, slide, etc.) on a screen.
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.
to lighten (type or areas of a line engraving) by etching a regular pattern of dots or lines into the printing surface.
to be projected on a motion-picture screen.
- screen·a·ble, adjective
- screener, noun
- screenless, adjective
- screenlike, adjective
- re·screen, verb (used with object)
- su·per·screen, noun, adjective
- un·screen·a·ble, adjective
- un·screened, adjective
- well-screened, adjective
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How to use screen in a sentence
Every squish of flesh when you turn your blade will be heard from the controller’s speakers, all timed perfectly to your on-screen action.‘Demon’s Souls’ review: The ideal PlayStation 5 launch game | Gene Park | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
But, if we were to throwback to 27 years ago, the choices were far and few when it came to seeing us on screen and not having been added in as an afterthought.7 Things We Learned From the ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ Reunion | cmurray | November 20, 2020 | Essence.com
As for his refusal to look at anyone’s screens, that’s a barrier to sharing and bonding, yes — but so is the attention to phones that produces the awareness of things you want to show him.Carolyn Hax: Cellphones push his buttons, and he pushes back | Carolyn Hax | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
She was staring at the screen with her little hand up trying to get the teacher’s attention.Distance learning was a disaster. So I decided to teach my daughter myself. | Tracey Lewis-Giggetts | November 19, 2020 | Washington Post
The Round-Up Saloon has a country-western theme with a dance floor and video screens.
Lee and Coogan did briefly meet with the pope, with pictures to prove it, but no one at the Vatican officially screened the film.Pope Francis Has the Pleasure of Meeting Angelina Jolie for a Few Seconds | Barbie Latza Nadeau | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
At that unlucky moment, his call was being randomly screened.
The commissioner—no idea how or whether applicants were screened for racial biases.
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 | Marlow Stern | November 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The law requires those screened to explain their properties and assets – along with those of their families.
Mrs. McAllister kept an eye on them from the screened porch without their knowledge.The Box-Car Children | Gertrude Chandler Warner
Opening a door on the left of the corridor, Mrs. Sin displayed a room screened off into three sections.Dope | Sax Rohmer
With difficulty his almost imperceptible spark of life had been screened and fanned into a dim and flickering flame.The History of England from the Accession of James II. | Thomas Babington Macaulay
From top to bottom the bedroom windows were discreetly screened by lace curtains tied up with coloured ribbon.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume II (of 3) | Charles James Wills
If the mixing is to be done by hand the materials must be screened to remove any unslaked lumps of lime.
British Dictionary definitions for screen
a light movable frame, panel, or partition serving to shelter, divide, hide, etc
anything that serves to shelter, protect, or conceal
a frame containing a mesh that is placed over a window or opening to keep out insects
a decorated partition, esp in a church around the choir: See also rood (def. 1)
a system for selecting people, such as candidates for a job
the wide end of a cathode-ray tube, esp in a television set, on which a visible image is formed
a white or silvered surface, usually fabric, placed in front of a projector to receive the enlarged image of a film or of slides
the screen the film industry or films collectively
photog a plate of ground glass in some types of camera on which the image of a subject is focused before being photographed
printing a glass marked with fine intersecting lines, used in a camera for making half-tone reproductions
men or ships deployed around and ahead of a larger military formation to warn of attack or protect from a specific threat
sport, mainly US and Canadian a tactical ploy in which a player blocks an opponent's view
psychoanal anything that prevents a person from realizing his true feelings about someone or something
electronics See screen grid
(sometimes foll by off) to shelter, protect, or conceal
to sieve or sort
to test or check (an individual or group) so as to determine suitability for a task, etc
to examine for the presence of a disease, weapons, etc: the authorities screened five hundred cholera suspects
to provide with a screen or screens
to project (a film) onto a screen, esp for public viewing
(intr) to be shown at a cinema or on the television
printing to photograph (a picture) through a screen to render it suitable for half-tone reproduction
sport, mainly US and Canadian to block the view of (an opposing player)
- screenable, adjective
- screener, noun
- screenful, noun
- screenlike, adjective
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Scientific definitions for screen
The surface on which an image is displayed, as on a television, computer monitor, or radar receiver.
An electrode placed between the plate (anode) and the control grid in a tetrode valve, used to reduce the capacitance between the grid and the plate, increasing its ability to respond to high frequencies, especially radio frequencies.
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