the act or work of a person who screens, as in ascertaining the character and competence of applicants, employees, etc.
the showing of a motion picture: There will be screenings at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
screenings, (used with a singular or plural verb)
undesirable material that has been separated from usable material by means of a screen or sieve: screenings of imperfect grain.
extremely fine coal.
the meshed material used in screens for windows and doors.

1715–25; screen + -ing1

prescreening, noun Unabridged
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screenings (ˈskriːnɪŋz)
pl n
refuse separated by sifting

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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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screening n.

  1. The examination of a group of usually asymptomatic individuals to detect those with a high probability of having or developing a given disease.

  2. The initial evaluation of an individual, intended to determine suitability for a particular treatment modality.

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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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