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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
screen /skrin/USA pronunciationn. [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.
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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