Definitions for: Screen


[n] something that keeps things out or hinders sight; "they had just moved in and had not put up blinds yet"
[n] protective covering consisting of a metallic netting mounted in a frame and covering windows or doors (especially for protection against insects)
[n] a covering that serves to conceal or shelter something; "they crouched behind the screen"; "under cover of darkness"
[n] partition consisting of a decorative frame or panel that serves to divide a space
[n] display on the surface of the large end of a cathode-ray tube on which is electronically created
[n] a white or silvered surface where pictures can be projected for viewing
[n] a door that is a screen to keep insects from entering a building through the open door; "he heard the screen slam as she left"
[n] a strainer for separating lumps from powdered material or grading particles
[v] examine methodically; test for suitability
[v] protect, hide, or conceal from danger or harm
[v] separate with a riddle, as grain from chaff
[v] prevent from entering, as of light
[v] project onto a screen for viewing; of films
[v] examine in order to test suitability; "screen these samples"; "screen the job applicants"
[v] test or examine for the presence of disease or infection; "screen the blood for the HIV virus"



Webster (1913) Definition: Screen (skr[=e]n), n. (Cricket)
An erection of white canvas or wood placed on the boundary
opposite a batsman to enable him to see ball better.


Screen (skr[=e]n), n. [OE. scren, OF. escrein, escran,
F. ['e]cran, of uncertain origin; cf. G. schirm a screen,
OHG. scirm, scerm a protection, shield, or G. schragen a
trestle, a stack of wood, or G. schranne a railing.]
1. 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.

Your leavy screens throw down. --Shak.

Some ambitious men seem as screens to princes in
matters of danger and envy. --Bacon.

2. (Arch.) 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.


Screen (skr[=e]n), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Screened; p.
pr. & vb. n. Screening.]
1. 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.

They were encouraged and screened by some who were
in high commands. --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.

Synonyms: blind, block out, concealment, cover, covert, CRT screen, projection screen, riddle, screen out, shield, sieve, sieve, silver screen, sort, test

See Also: altarpiece, analyse, analyze, background, blinder, blinker, block, camouflage, canvass, cathode-ray tube, check, choose, close up, computer display, computer screen, covering, CRT, curtain, desktop, display, divider, do away with, door, drape, drapery, eliminate, examine, fire screen, fireguard, foreground, get rid of, impede, jam, mantle, mosquito net, obstruct, obturate, occlude, pall, partition, pick out, protect, protection, protective cover, protective covering, purdah, reredos, riddle, rood screen, screen, screen background, screen door, screening, select, shade, shoji, show, shutter, sieve, sift, sifter, smoke screen, stalking-horse, strain, strainer, study, surface, take, wide screen, window blind, window screen, windscreen, windshield, winker

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