Definition of screen in English:

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Pronunciation: /skrēn/


1A fixed or movable upright partition used to divide a room, to give shelter from drafts, heat, or light, or to provide concealment or privacy.
Example sentences
  • One way to improve the function of the room is to use room dividers; Japanese screens will allow the light to filter through and will provide a bright, clean look.
  • A furry black and white head emerged from behind one of the room's many Oriental screens.
  • There was no curtain or a screen to divide the men and women at the prayer.
partition, (room) divider
1.1A thing providing concealment or protection: his jeep was discreetly parked behind a screen of trees figurative the article is using science as a screen for unexamined prejudice
More example sentences
  • The bus company will also make sure drivers are protected behind security screens.
  • First, hiding a suburban-like caravan park behind a tree screen would do little to alter the character of the land use itself.
  • So many visitors have tried to touch them that they are now protected behind a perspex screen.
buffer, protection, shield, shelter, guard, windbreak
1.2 Military A detachment of troops or ships detailed to cover the movements of the main body.
Example sentences
  • The most effective tactics are to engage the enemy with fighting patrols and screens of infantry and armour that can they withdraw into the city after causing casualties to the enemy.
  • There was to be a coastal ‘crust’ that was to consist of a thin screen of infantry deployed along the beaches.
  • In the 17th century, the musketeer and his relatively sophisticated weapon was protected from being ridden down by cavalry by protective screens of pikemen.
1.3 [often with modifier] Architecture A partition of carved wood or stone separating the nave of a church from the chancel, choir, or sanctuary. See also rood screen.
Example sentences
  • Most exceptional is the stone-vaulted chancel with its stone chancel screen with three tall and narrow openings.
  • A wrought-iron screen dividing the chancel and the nave impresses beyond words.
  • Rupert's account of his vision was written about 1125, before the widespread use of solid choir screens to partition space.
1.4A frame with fine wire netting used in a window or doorway to keep out mosquitoes and other flying insects: [as modifier]: a screen door
More example sentences
  • If you travel to an area of the world that has a high risk for malaria, you can also install window screens, use insect repellents, and place mosquito netting over beds.
  • Make sure that insect screens on doors and windows are in good order, and fit rubber strips on the bottom of doors to seal gaps.
  • They are strongly attracted to artificial light and will come in through window screens if not a fine mesh.
mesh, net, netting
1.5A part of an electrical or other instrument that protects it or prevents it from causing electromagnetic interference.
1.6 Electronics (also screen grid) A grid placed between the control grid and the anode of a valve to reduce the capacitance between these electrodes.
2A flat panel or area on an electronic device such as a television, computer, or smartphone, on which images and data are displayed: a television screen
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  • All you need is a device called a colorimeter, which attaches to your screen and adjusts your monitor automatically to display the correct hues.
  • The insulator structure may also enhance the focus of electrons emitted by the field emitter device on the display screen.
  • Since portable devices have small screens, much less data is required to achieve full-screen quality for video.
display, monitor, flat screen, video display terminal, VDT, cathode ray tube, CRT
2.1A blank surface on which a movie or photographic image is projected: the world’s largest movie screen
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  • These days, cinema screens are mostly filled with sappy King stories about human drama.
  • According to TV star, plans are in place for a sequel to the movie, which hit cinema screens at the peak of the show's success.
  • He also commented that the films were made for giant IMAX cinemas, whose screens have surfaces of hundreds of square metres.
2.2Movies or television as a medium, genre, or industry: she’s a star of the stage as well as the screen he is interviewed on screen
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  • This film was the screen debut for both Hauer and costar Monique Van de Ven.
  • In The Stunt Man, one of the greatest actors the screen has ever known gives one of his greatest performances.
  • If there is any silver lining to these films it's the screen presence of the late N!
2.3The data or images displayed on a computer screen: pressing the F1 key at any time will display a help screen
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  • Instead you're usually left calling for a screen instead of the computer recognizing the situation.
  • This program allows users to move smoothly and quickly between databases instead of struggling through a mass of windows and screens on the OR computer.
  • The fact that they're protected behind a login screen will either turn the causal browser away or leave them wondering what's being hidden.
2.4 Photography A flat piece of ground glass on which the image formed by a camera lens is focused.
3 Printing A transparent, finely ruled plate or film used in halftone reproduction.
Example sentences
  • The halftone screen used to create the greys for the text was terrible, and you could see dots with the naked eye.
  • Screenprints are almost invariably coloured, a different screen generally being used successively for each colour.
4A large sieve or riddle, especially one for sorting substances such as grain or coal into different sizes.
Example sentences
  • Processed Black tea leaves are sorted into different sizes by passing them over screens with different size holes.
  • Sample residues were washed, dried, and sieved through 0.125 mm screens.
  • While I have used commercial bonsai soils, the best tool purchase I ever made was a set of soil sieving screens.
sieve, riddle, strainer, colander, filter


[with object]
1Conceal, protect, or shelter (someone or something) with a screen or something forming a screen: her hair swung across to screen her face a high hedge screened all of the front from passersby
More example sentences
  • He now hopes to plant another 450 metres of hedge at Hob Moor to replace deteriorating hedges and to screen other ugly boundaries.
  • Another option is move the path to the school's eastern boundary and build a high fence, wall or hedge to screen the school.
  • A Yew hedge screens the paved area at the back door which leads to a herb garden.
conceal, hide, veil;
shield, shelter, shade, protect, guard, safeguard
1.1 (screen something off) Separate something from something else with or as if with a screen: an area had been screened off as a waiting room
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  • An oval meeting area at the entry can be screened off by a sheer curtain and by pivoting millwork elements for displaying candy.
  • In older parts of town, the canals are screened off from yards and businesses by the equally impenetrable walls of giant oleanders.
  • St George's Market appeared deserted: half of it was screened off, and of the remaining space only a quarter was filled by booths from the washroom industry.
partition, divide, separate, curtain
1.2Protect (someone) from something dangerous or unpleasant: in my country, a man of my rank would be screened completely from any risk of attack
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  • They had to be whisked in by a back entrance, completely screened from the workers protesting outside.
  • National Guard soldiers manned the checkpoint at the corner, screening traders on their way to work.
1.3Prevent from causing or protect from electromagnetic interference: ensure that your microphone leads are properly screened from hum pickup
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  • To examine reception quality, a researcher made a call and then walked into a room screened to prevent cellphone signals penetrating its walls or bouncing around inside.
2Show (a movie or video) or broadcast (a television program): the show is to be screened by HBO later this year
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  • The amateur video has been widely screened on television news bulletins around the world.
  • Dad asked Mom if any films had been screened yet on television.
  • A TV viewer recently wrote a letter to a newspaper complaining about the films screened by a private television station during the school holidays.
show, broadcast, transmit, air, televise, telecast, put on the air
3Test (a person or substance) for the presence or absence of a disease or contaminant: outpatients were screened for cervical cancer
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  • Subjects were recruited prenatally by screening parents using skin testing and questionnaires regarding allergic diseases.
  • These patients were all screened for the presence of underlying thrombophilia using the same tests as those performed in the study patients.
  • There are very few silent diseases that can be effectively screened for with blood tests - such as diabetes.
3.1Check on or investigate (someone), typically to ascertain whether they are suitable for or can be trusted in a particular situation or job: all prospective presidential candidates would have to be screened by the committee
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  • There have been pilot programs to screen passengers and check luggage at two Amtrak stations.
  • The selection committee is responsible for screening the candidates and for ensuring that mentors and mentees are matched according to profile and career.
  • To achieve this, the congregation's president appointed a committee of eight to screen candidates.
vet, check, check up on, investigate
informal check out
check, test, examine, investigate
3.2Evaluate or analyze (something) for its suitability for a particular purpose or application: only one percent of rainforest plants have been screened for medical use
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  • Prior to analysis, the variables were screened for assumptions of statistical analysis.
  • These mutants were then screened for their ability to suppress other yme1 phenotypes, as well as for inherent collateral phenotypes.
  • The suo mutations were screened for their ability to restore growth of pex2 mutants on OA medium.
3.3 (screen someone/something out) Exclude someone or something after evaluation or investigation: anti-spam software can screen out large amounts of unwanted email
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  • It was his belief that the Council's senior officials were appalled that the four other potential routes were screened out because of a plant.
  • That lead narrows as you screen out those who are most likely to vote.
  • Effective background investigations, however, will screen out the most serious threats.
4Pass (a substance such as grain or coal) through a large sieve or screen, especially so as to sort it into different sizes.
Example sentences
  • Mesh barriers or sieves can screen out anything larger than a certain size from incoming water.
  • Other material would be sorted, screened, shredded and baled.
  • Local materials may be used when dried and screened to meet required size and hardness and when determined to be free of grease or other impurities.
sieve, riddle, sift, strain, filter, winnow
5 Printing Project (a photograph or other image) through a transparent ruled plate so as to be able to reproduce it as a halftone.



Example sentences
  • The authors recommend that health care workers intensify outreach to women who have rarely or never been screened for cervical, breast, or colon cancer and other screenable diseases.
  • Nineteen studies were assessed for internal validity (including several forms of bias) and external validity (including losses from the screenable population).
  • The museum itself is fundamentally a long single-storey exhibition gallery, lit partly by large screenable glass windows.


Example sentences
  • Does new technology giving airport screeners X-ray vision go too far?
  • Does they have reliable data on just what contribution to the current piracy problem Academy screeners represent?
  • So as a result, you have two or three screeners in one place trying to do the work that would usually be done by 10 or 15.


Pronunciation: /-ˌfo͝ol/
Example sentences
  • For example, ‘paging’ - the need, in the old days of character-based displays, to show only one screenful of information at a time - was broken into a separate small program.
  • The submitted essays range in length from a few terse words to a screenful of close type.
  • Google can provide screenfuls of information about a prospective match.


Middle English: shortening of Old Northern French escren, of Germanic origin.

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