or sun screen
- a substance formulated to prevent sunburn, skin cancers, and other conditions caused by excessive exposure to the sun, usually by absorbing and reflecting ultraviolet radiation.Compare SPF.
- a lotion, cream, etc., containing such a substance.
- a latticework or similar construction to shield a patio, atrium, or the like, from direct sunlight.
Origin of sunscreen
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Examples from the Web for sunscreen
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After our report first aired, good will in the form of hats, sunscreen, and school supplies made its way to Tanzania.Hope After An Unspeakable Crime
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- a cream or lotion applied to exposed skin to protect it from the ultraviolet rays of the sun
Word Origin and History for sunscreen
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A preparation, often in the form of a cream or lotion, used to protect the skin from the ultraviolet rays of the sun.
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