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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
screen /skrin/USA pronunciation n. [countable]
a device, usually a covered frame, that provides shelter, separates parts of a room, etc.:The doctor pulled the screen around the patient's bed.
Cinemaa surface on which motion pictures, etc., may be projected:They put up the screen and turned on the slide projector.
the motion-picture industry:His novel was a success on screen.
Electronicsthe part of a television or computer on which a picture is formed or information is displayed:The numbers danced across the computer screen.
anything that shelters or conceals:a screen of trees to block the strong winds.
a frame holding a mesh of wire, for placing in a window or doorway, etc., to allow air in and out but to keep out insects:There must be a hole in the screen.
v. [~ + object]
to shelter or conceal with or as if with a screen:The tall trees screened the house from view.
to select, reject, consider, or group (people, etc.) by examining systematically:We screened several applicants for the job.
to provide with a screen or screens:to screen in the porch.
to project (a motion picture, etc.) on a screen:The movie version of[Robin Hood]will be screened next month.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
- 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.
- Cinemaa specially prepared, light-reflecting surface on which motion pictures, slides, etc., may be projected.
- motion pictures collectively or the motion-picture industry.
- Electronics[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.
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.
Building, Mininga 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[Mil.]a body of troops sent out to protect the movement of an army.
Military[Navy.]a protective formation of small vessels, as destroyers, around or in front of a larger ship or ships.
Physics[Physics.]a shield designed to prevent interference between various agencies:electric screen.
Electronics[Electronics.]See screen grid.
Photography[Photog.]a plate of ground glass or the like on which the image is brought into focus in a camera before being photographed.
Printing[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.
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.
Buildingto sift or sort by passing through a screen.
to project (a motion picture, slide, etc.) on a screen.
- 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.
- to show (a motion picture), esp. to an invited audience, as of exhibitors and critics.
- to photograph with a motion-picture camera;
Printingto lighten (type or areas of a line engraving) by etching a regular pattern of dots or lines into the printing surface.
Cinemato be projected on a motion-picture screen.
- to adapt (a story, play, etc.) for presentation as a motion picture.
7 . guard, shield. See cover. 18 . veil, defend, shield, hide, mask.
- Frankish *skrank, cognate with Old High German scrank barrier (German Schrank cupboard)
- Anglo-French; Old French escren (French écran)
- Middle English screne (noun, nominal) 1350–1400
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
screen /skriːn/ n
- a light movable frame, panel, or partition serving to shelter, divide, hide, etc
- anything that serves to shelter, protect, or conceal
- a frame containing a mesh that is placed over a window or opening to keep out insects
- a decorated partition, esp in a church around the choir
- a sieve
- the wide end of a cathode-ray tube, esp in a television set, on which a visible image is formed
- a white or silvered surface, usually fabric, placed in front of a projector to receive the enlarged image of a film or of slides
- the screen ⇒ the film industry or films collectively
- a plate of ground glass in some types of camera on which the image of a subject is focused before being photographed
- men or ships deployed around and ahead of a larger military formation to warn of attack or protect from a specific threat
- See screen grid
Etymology: 15th Century: from Old French escren (French écran); related to Old High German skrank, German Schrank cupboardˈscreenable adj ˈscreener n ˈscreenˌful n
- (sometimes followed by off) to shelter, protect, or conceal
- to sieve or sort
- to test or check (an individual or group) so as to determine suitability for a task, etc
- to examine for the presence of a disease, weapons, etc
- to provide with a screen or screens
- to project (a film) onto a screen, esp for public viewing
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