View synonyms for screening


[ skree-ning ]


  1. the act or work of a person who screens, as in ascertaining the character and competence of applicants, employees, etc.
  2. the showing of a motion picture:

    There will be screenings at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

  3. 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.
  4. the meshed material used in screens for windows and doors.

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  • pre·screening noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of screening1

First recorded in 1715–25; screen + -ing 1

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Example Sentences

After the screening, Jolie, who says she renewed her faith in “the divine” during filming, met briefly with the pope.

The first public screening of Pathé film shorts took place sometime around 1903.

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.

A man had come to stand beside it, his body screening the light of one of the lamps that hung from a rafter of the ceiling.

Nearer came the feet, and I peered between the interstices of the screening balustrade.

Of course, human beings could not exist in such a scene, save by closely hugging the ground, or screening themselves behind trees.

It was not entirely for the money that he undertook the laborious task of washing "riffles" and "screening tailings."

With a staff in one hand and screening her eyes with the other, old Rachel comes sidling down the steps.