- undesirable material that has been separated from usable material by means of a screen or sieve: screenings of imperfect grain.
- extremely fine coal.
Origin of screening
- 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 screeningshield, filter, evaluate, cull, select, scan, blind, obstruct, secure, seclude, cover, umbrage, disguise, guard, close, fend, veil, defend, cache, cloak
Examples from the Web for screening
Contemporary Examples of screening
After the screening, Jolie, who says she renewed her faith in “the divine” during filming, met briefly with the pope.Pope Francis Has the Pleasure of Meeting Angelina Jolie for a Few Seconds
Barbie Latza Nadeau
January 8, 2015
According to League, Alamo Drafthouse was actively working with Sony on Monday on the possibility of screening The Interview.
“Most of those 19 locations will be screening it in some way,” he says.
This bungalow has two levels, a screening room, a dining room, many offices, an art department, and cutting rooms.
When the screening was over, Hitch asked Alma what she thought.
Historical Examples of screening
Instead of screening him I had dragged him in front of the footlights.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
Sometimes I have thought, sir, when puzzling over it, that he may be screening another.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
Into the screening shadow of the giant trees, and the sheltering blackness.Happy Ending
Screening it with my hand, I retraced my steps and regained the chancel.The Shame of Motley
Eyes (roving from one group of screening trees to the next): It can be done.If You Touch Them They Vanish
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.