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[skree-ning] /ˈskri nɪŋ/
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)
  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.
the meshed material used in screens for windows and doors.
Origin of screening
1715-25; screen + -ing1
Related forms
prescreening, noun Unabridged
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  • These little grains among the screenings are the children, and they are the missionaries' hope.

  • For this purpose clay or the screenings from some other variety of stone may be utilized.

  • The automobile traffic first brushes aside all of the screenings and smaller particles of rock, exposing the larger stones.

  • Eight culverts, having an aggregate length of 306 ft. were built, using a mixture of Portland cement and limestone and screenings.

    Concrete Construction Halbert P. Gillette
  • You and the cadets, along with Governor Hardy, will blast off tonight and go to Venusport for the first screenings.

    The Space Pioneers Carey Rockwell
British Dictionary definitions for screenings


plural noun
refuse separated by sifting
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screenings in Medicine

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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