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  1. screen
    IPA[skrēn]
  2. noun

    • 1. a fixed or movable upright partition used to divide a room, give shelter from drafts, heat, or light, or to provide concealment or privacy:

      a room with a red carpet and screens with oriental decorations
      Synonym : partition, (room) divider, dividing wall, separator, curtain, arras, blind, awning, shade, shutter, canopy, windbreak
    • 2. a thing providing concealment or protection:

      his jeep was discreetly parked behind a screen of trees the article is using science as a screen for unexamined prejudice
    • 3. a partition of carved wood or stone separating the nave of a church from the chancel, choir, or sanctuary:

      the chancel screen retains two sections of the original oak arcading
    • 4. a frame with fine wire netting used in a window or doorway to keep out mosquitoes and other flying insects:

      a screen door
      Synonym : mesh, net, netting
    • 5. a part of an electrical or other instrument that protects it or prevents it from causing electromagnetic interference.

    • 6. a grid placed between the control grid and the anode of a valve to reduce the capacitance between these electrodes.

    • 7. a 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
      Synonym : display, monitor, visual display unit, VDU, cathode-ray tube, CRT
    • 8. a blank surface on which a movie or photographic image is projected:

      the world's largest movie screen
    • 9. movies 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
    • 10. the data or images displayed on a computer screen:

      pressing the F1 key at any time will display a help screen
    • 11. a flat piece of ground glass on which the image formed by a camera lens is focused.

    • 12. a transparent, finely ruled plate or film used in halftone reproduction.

    • 13. a detachment of troops or ships detailed to cover the movements of the main body:

      HMS Prince Leopold and HMS Prince Charles sailed for Shetland with a screen of four destroyers
    • 14. a large sieve or riddle, especially one for sorting substances such as grain or coal into different sizes:

      the material retained on each sieve screen is weighed in turn

    verb

    • 1. conceal, 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
    • 2. separate something from something else with or as if with a screen:

      an area had been screened off as a waiting room
      Synonym : partition off, divide off, separate off, curtain off
    • 3. protect (someone) from something dangerous or unpleasant:

      in my country a man of my rank would be screened completely from any risk of attack
    • 4. prevent from causing or protect from electromagnetic interference:

      ensure that your microphone leads are properly screened from hum pickup
    • 5. show (a movie or video) or broadcast (a television program):

      the show is to be screened by HBO later this year
      Synonym : show, present, air, broadcast, transmit, televise, put out, put on the air, telecast, relay
    • 6. test (a person or substance) for the presence or absence of a disease or contaminant:

      outpatients were screened for cervical cancer
    • 7. check 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
      Synonym : vet, check, check up on, check out, evaluate, assess, scrutinize, test, check, test, examine, investigate, scan
    • 8. evaluate or analyze (something) for its suitability for a particular purpose or application:

      only one percent of rainforest plants have been screened for medical use
    • 9. exclude someone or something after evaluation or investigation:

      anti-spam software can screen out large amounts of unwanted email
    • 10. pass (a substance such as grain or coal) through a large sieve or screen, especially so as to sort it into different sizes:

      granulated asphalt—manufactured to 40 mm down or screened to 28 mm & 14 mm down
    • 11. project (a photograph or other image) through a transparent ruled plate so as to be able to reproduce it as a halftone.

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: screen, plural noun: screens

    • v.: verb: screen, 3rd person present: screens, gerund or present participle: screening, past tense: screened, past participle: screened

    • noun

      a fixed or movable upright partition used to divide a room, give shelter from draughts, heat, or light, or to provide concealment or privacy:

      a thing providing concealment or protection:

    • verb

      conceal, protect, or shelter (someone or something) with a screen or something forming a screen:

      separate something from something else with or as if with a screen:

    • adjective

      not appearing on a movie or television screen:

      happening in real life rather than fictionally on-screen:

    • adverb

      outside what can be seen on a movie or television screen:

      in real life rather than fictionally in a movie or on television:

    • adjective

      shown or appearing in a movie or television program:

      making use of or performed with the aid of a computer screen:

    • adverb

      in a movie or television program:

      with the aid of a computer screen:

    • noun

      (in film and video techniques such as chromakey) a blue background in front of which moving subjects are filmed and which allows a separately filmed background to be added to the final image:

      (on a Windows computer system) a display in the form of an error message in white text on a blue background, occurring in the event of a system crash:

    • verb

      (of a Windows computer) experience a sudden system failure, resulting in the display of an error message in white text on a blue background:
    • noun

      a frame of television or video footage that is digitized and stored as a still image for subsequent display, editing, or printing:

      an image of the data displayed on the screen of a computer or mobile device; a screenshot:

    • verb

      take a screen grab of:
    • noun

      an image of the data displayed on the screen of a computer or mobile device; a screenshot:
    • verb

      take a screenshot of:
    • noun

      the process or an instance of causing what is displayed on a screen to be printed out.

      a resulting printout.

    • noun

      a mobile device used while watching television, especially to access supplementary content or applications:
    • verb

      use a mobile device while watching television, especially to access supplementary content or applications:
    • noun

      a filmed test to ascertain whether an actor is suitable for a movie role.
    • verb

      give a screen test to (an actor):
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