Definition of Screen

1. Noun. A white or silvered surface where pictures can be projected for viewing.

Exact synonyms: Projection Screen, Silver Screen
Generic synonyms: Surface
Specialized synonyms: Wide Screen

2. Verb. Test or examine for the presence of disease or infection. "Screen the blood for the HIV virus"
Exact synonyms: Test
Generic synonyms: Check

3. Noun. A protective covering that keeps things out or hinders sight. "They had just moved in and had not put up blinds yet"

4. Verb. Examine methodically. "Screen the suitcases"

5. Noun. The display that is electronically created on the surface of the large end of a cathode-ray tube.
Exact synonyms: Crt Screen
Specialized synonyms: Background, Desktop, Screen Background, Computer Display, Computer Screen
Group relationships: Cathode-ray Tube, Crt
Generic synonyms: Display, Video Display
Terms within: Foreground

6. Verb. Examine in order to test suitability. "Screen the job applicants"
Exact synonyms: Screen Out, Sieve, Sort
Generic synonyms: Choose, Pick Out, Select, Take
Derivative terms: Screener, Screening, Sort

7. Noun. A covering that serves to conceal or shelter something. "The simplest concealment is to match perfectly the color of the background"
Exact synonyms: Concealment, Cover, Covert
Specialized synonyms: Blind, Camouflage, Shoji, Stalking-horse
Generic synonyms: Covering
Derivative terms: Cover, Cover, Cover

8. Verb. Project onto a screen for viewing. "Sam and Sue screen the movie "; "Screen a film"
Generic synonyms: Show
Derivative terms: Screening

9. Noun. A protective covering consisting of netting; can be mounted in a frame. "A metal screen protected the observers"

10. Verb. Prevent from entering. "Block out the strong sunlight"
Exact synonyms: Block Out
Generic synonyms: Block, Close Up, Impede, Jam, Obstruct, Obturate, Occlude
Specialized synonyms: Shade

11. Noun. The personnel of the film industry. "A star of stage and screen"
Exact synonyms: Filmdom, Screenland
Generic synonyms: Film Industry, Movie Industry

12. Verb. Separate with a riddle, as grain from chaff.
Exact synonyms: Riddle
Generic synonyms: Sieve, Sift, Strain
Derivative terms: Riddle

13. Noun. A strainer for separating lumps from powdered material or grading particles.
Exact synonyms: Sieve
Specialized synonyms: Riddle, Sifter
Generic synonyms: Strainer
Derivative terms: Sieve, Sift

14. Verb. Protect, hide, or conceal from danger or harm.
Exact synonyms: Shield
Generic synonyms: Protect
Derivative terms: Screening, Shield, Shield, Shielder, Shielding

15. Noun. A door that consists of a frame holding metallic or plastic netting; used to allow ventilation and to keep insects from entering a building through the open door. "He heard the screen slam as she left"
Exact synonyms: Screen Door
Generic synonyms: Door

16. Noun. Partition consisting of a decorative frame or panel that serves to divide a space.
Specialized synonyms: Altarpiece, Reredos, Purdah, Rood Screen
Generic synonyms: Divider, Partition

Definition of Screen

1. n. Anything that separates or cuts off inconvenience, injury, or danger; that which shelters or conceals from view; a shield or protection; as, a fire screen.

2. v. t. To provide with a shelter or means of concealment; to separate or cut off from inconvenience, injury, or danger; to shelter; to protect; to protect by hiding; to conceal; as, fruits screened from cold winds by a forest or hill.

3. n. An erection of white canvas or wood placed on the boundary opposite a batsman to enable him to see ball better.

Definition of Screen

1. Noun. A physical divider intended to block an area from view. ¹

2. Noun. A material woven from fine wires intended to block animals or large particles from passing while allowing gasses, liquids and finer particles to pass. ¹

3. Noun. The informational viewing area of electronic output devices; the result of the output. ¹

4. Noun. The viewing area of a movie, or moving picture or slide presentation ¹

5. Noun. (basketball) An offensive tactic in which a player stands so as to block a defender from reaching a teammate. ¹

6. Noun. (baseball) The protective netting which protects the audience from flying objects ¹

7. Noun. In mining and quarries, a frame supporting a mesh of bars or wires used to classify fragments of stone by size, allowing the passage of fragments whose a diameter is smaller than the distance between the bars or wires. ¹

8. Noun. (printing) A stencil upon a framed mesh through which paint is forced onto printed-on material; the frame with the mesh itself. ¹

9. Noun. (nautical) A collection of less-valuable vessels that travel with a more valuable one for the latter's protection. ¹

10. Verb. To filter by passing through a screen. ¹

11. Verb. To remove information, or censor intellectual material from viewing ¹

12. Verb. (context: film television) To present publicly (on the screen). ¹

13. Verb. To fit with a screen. ¹

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Definition of Screen

1. to provide with a screen (a device designed to divide, conceal, or protect) [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Screen

1. 1. To provide with a shelter or means of concealment; to separate or cut off from inconvience, injury, or danger; to shelter; to protect; to protect by hiding; to conceal; as, fruits screened from cold winds by a forest or hill. "They were encouraged and screened by some who were in high comands." (Macaulay) 2. To pass, as coal, gravel, ashes, etc, through a screen in order to separate the coarse from the fine, or the worthless from the valuable; to sift. 3. To examine a group of objects methodically, to separate them into groups or to select one or more for some purpose. As (a), To inspect the qualifications of candidates for a job, to select one or more to be hired. (b) (Biochem, Med) To test a large number of samples, in order to find those having specific desirable properties; as, to screen plant extracts for anticancer agents. Origin: Screened; Screening. 1. Anything that separates or cuts off inconvience, injury, or danger; that which shelters or conceals from view; a shield or protection; as, a fire screen. "Your leavy screens throw down." (Shak) "Some ambitious men seem as screens to princes in matters of danger and envy." (Bacon) 2. A dwarf wall or partition carried up to a certain height for separation and protection, as in a church, to separate the aisle from the choir, or the like. 3. A surface, as that afforded by a curtain, sheet, wall, etc, upon which an image, as a picture, is thrown by a magic lantern, solar microscope, etc. 4. A long, coarse riddle or sieve, sometimes a revolving perforated cylinder, used to separate the coarser from the finer parts, as of coal, sand, gravel, and the like. 5. A netting, usu. Of metal, contained in a frame, used mostly in windows or doors to allow in fresh air while excluding insects. Screen door, a door of which half or more is composed of a screen. Screen window, a screen fitted for insertion into a window frame. 6. The surface of an electronic device, as a television set or computer monitor, on which a visible image is formed. The screen is frequently the surface of a cathode-ray tube containing phosphors excited by the electron beam, but other methods for causing an image to appear on the screen are also used, as in flat-panel displays. 7. The motion-picture industry; motion pictures. "A star of stage and screen." Origin: OE. Scren, OF. Escrein, escran, F. Ecran, of uncertain origin; cf. G. Schirm a screen, OHG. Scrim, scern a protection, shield, or G. Schragen a trestle, a stack of wood, or G. Schranne a railing. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Screen

screeching frog
screen (current term)
screen-film contact
screen actor
screen background
screen capture
screen captures
screen defense
screen door
screen font

Literary usage of Screen

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Dictionary of Architecture and Building, Biographical, Historical, and by Russell Sturgis (1901)
"In this sense, the choir screen cannot exist in a church which has no aisles ... sense, too, the screen work, or wall, which divides the nave or crossing of ..."

2. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"A "stop" is usually formed by a plane opaque screen, perpendicular to the axis, pierced by a round hole concentric with the axis. To an eye looking into the ..."

3. The American Journal of Psychology by Edward Bradford ( Titchener, Granville Stanley Hall (1902)
"In disc 7 there was "a little green" with the screen, without the screen it was ... The most notable fact in B.'s results was that with the screen the blues ..."

4. Biennial Report by Michigan State Highway Dept (1909)
"Revolving gravel screen. Coarse stones go over end of screen, sand in first bin, ... Gravity gravel screen. Elevator 30 feet high. Pit 5 feet deep. ..."

5. Biennial Report by Michigan State Highway Dept (1910)
"Revolving gravel screen. Coarse stones go over end of screen, sand in first ... screen 11 feel 4 inches long. Run by 4-horse power gasoline engine in house. ..."

6. The Gentleman's Magazine (1831)
"That the consent of the subscribers to the proposed removal of the organ-screen may be the more readily obtained, they are told that the original screen ..."

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