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.
motion pictures collectively or the motion-picture industry.
Electronics, Television. the external surface of the large end of a cathode-ray tube of a television set, radar receiver, etc., on which an electronically created picture or image is formed.
Also called video screen. the portion of a terminal or monitor upon which information is displayed.
frame ( def 10 ).
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.
verb (used with object)
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.
verb (used without object)
to be projected on a motion-picture screen.

1350–1400; Middle English screne (noun) < Anglo-French; Old French escren (French écran) < Frankish *skrank, cognate with Old High German scrank barrier (German Schrank cupboard)

screenable, adjective
screener, noun
screenless, adjective
screenlike, adjective
rescreen, verb (used with object)
superscreen, noun, adjective
unscreenable, adjective
unscreened, adjective
well-screened, adjective

7. guard, shield. See cover. 18. veil, defend, shield, hide, mask. Unabridged
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screen (skriːn)
1.  a light movable frame, panel, or partition serving to shelter, divide, hide, etc
2.  anything that serves to shelter, protect, or conceal
3.  a frame containing a mesh that is placed over a window or opening to keep out insects
4.  See also rood a decorated partition, esp in a church around the choir
5.  a sieve
6.  a system for selecting people, such as candidates for a job
7.  the wide end of a cathode-ray tube, esp in a television set, on which a visible image is formed
8.  a white or silvered surface, usually fabric, placed in front of a projector to receive the enlarged image of a film or of slides
9.  the screen the film industry or films collectively
10.  photog a plate of ground glass in some types of camera on which the image of a subject is focused before being photographed
11.  printing a glass marked with fine intersecting lines, used in a camera for making half-tone reproductions
12.  men or ships deployed around and ahead of a larger military formation to warn of attack or protect from a specific threat
13.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) sport a tactical ploy in which a player blocks an opponent's view
14.  psychoanal anything that prevents a person from realizing his true feelings about someone or something
15.  electronics See screen grid
16.  (sometimes foll by off) to shelter, protect, or conceal
17.  to sieve or sort
18.  to test or check (an individual or group) so as to determine suitability for a task, etc
19.  to examine for the presence of a disease, weapons, etc: the authorities screened five hundred cholera suspects
20.  to provide with a screen or screens
21.  to project (a film) onto a screen, esp for public viewing
22.  (intr) to be shown at a cinema or on the television
23.  printing to photograph (a picture) through a screen to render it suitable for half-tone reproduction
24.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) sport to block the view of (an opposing player)
[C15: from Old French escren (French écran); related to Old High German skrank, German Schrank cupboard]

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Word Origin & History

1393, probably from an aphetic (Anglo-Fr.?) variant of O.N.Fr. escren, O.Fr. escran "a screen against heat" (1318), perhaps from M.Du. scherm "screen, cover," or Frank. *skrank "barrier," from a Gmc. root related to O.H.G. skirm, skerm "protection" (cf. skirmish). Meaning "net-wire frame used in windows
and doors" is recorded from 1895. Meaning "flat horizontal surface for reception of projected images" is from 1810, originally in ref. to magic lantern shows; later of movies. Transf. sense of "cinema world collectively" is attested from 1914; hence screenplay (1938), screen test (1922), screenwriter (1921). Verbal meaning "to shield from punishment, to conceal" is recorded from 1485; meaning "examine systematically for suitability" is from 1943; sense of "to release a movie" is from 1915. Screen saver first attested 1990.
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Medical Dictionary

screen (skrēn)

  1. One that serves to protect, conceal, or divide.

  2. The white or silver surface on which a picture is projected for viewing.

  3. A screen memory.

v. screened, screen·ing, screens
  1. To process a group of people in order to select or separate certain individuals from it.

  2. To test or examine for the presence of disease or infection.

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screen   (skrēn)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. The surface on which an image is displayed, as on a television, computer monitor, or radar receiver.

  2. 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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Example sentences for screened
In the screened room the male guest takes off his shoes and falls asleep.
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