• Screen
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v screen examine methodically "screen the suitcases"
    • v screen protect, hide, or conceal from danger or harm
    • v screen separate with a riddle, as grain from chaff
    • v screen prevent from entering "block out the strong sunlight"
    • v screen project onto a screen for viewing "screen a film"
    • v screen examine in order to test suitability "screen these samples","screen the job applicants"
    • v screen test or examine for the presence of disease or infection "screen the blood for the HIV virus"
    • n screen a protective covering that keeps things out or hinders sight "they had just moved in and had not put up blinds yet"
    • n screen a protective covering consisting of netting; can be mounted in a frame "they put screens in the windows for protection against insects","a metal screen protected the observers"
    • n screen a covering that serves to conceal or shelter something "a screen of trees afforded privacy","under cover of darkness","the brush provided a covert for game","the simplest concealment is to match perfectly the color of the background"
    • n screen partition consisting of a decorative frame or panel that serves to divide a space
    • n screen the display that is electronically created on the surface of the large end of a cathode-ray tube
    • n screen a white or silvered surface where pictures can be projected for viewing
    • n screen 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"
    • n screen a strainer for separating lumps from powdered material or grading particles
    • n screen the personnel of the film industry "a star of stage and screen"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Production of dotted picture with screen Production of dotted picture with screen
Roller Screen Roller Screen
Portable Screen Stand Portable Screen Stand

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: People generally read 25% slower from a computer screen compared to paper
    • Screen (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.
    • Screen 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 a netting, usu. of metal, contained in a frame, used mostly in windows or doors to allow in fresh air while excluding insects.
    • Screen 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.
    • Screen (Cricket) An erection of white canvas or wood placed on the boundary opposite a batsman to enable him to see ball better.
    • Screen 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.""Some ambitious men seem as screens to princes in matters of danger and envy."
    • Screen The motion-picture industry; motion pictures. "A star of stage and screen ."
    • Screen 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.
    • Screen to examine a group of objects methodically, to separate them into groups or to select one or more for some purpose.
    • Screen To inspect the qualifications of candidates for a job, to select one or more to be hired.
    • Screen 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.
    • Screen 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."
    • Screen to test a large number of samples, in order to find those having specific desirable properties; as, to screen plant extracts for anticancer agents.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Electronic companies sell five times as many big-screen TVs during Super Bowl Week
    • n screen A covered framework, partition, or curtain, either movable or fixed, which serves to protect from the heat of the sun or of a fire, from rain, wind, or cold, or from other inconvenience or danger, or to shelter from observation, conceal, shut off the view, or secure privacy: as, a fire-screen; a folding screen; a window-screen, etc.; hence, such a covered framework, curtain, etc., used for some other purpose: as, a screen upon which images may be cast by a magic lantern; in general, any shelter or means of concealment.
    • n screen Specifically, in architecture:
    • n screen An ornamental partition of wood, stone, or metal, usually so placed in a church or other building as to shut out an aisle from the choir, a private chapel from a transept, the nave from the choir, the high altar from the east end, an altar-tomb from a public passage, or to fill any similar purpose. See perclose, and cut under organ-screen.
    • n screen In some medieval and similar halls, a partition extending across the lower end, forming a lobby within the main entrance-doors, and having ofteu a gallery above.
    • n screen An architecturally decorated wall inclosing a courtyard or the like. Such a feature as the entire facade of a church may be considered as a screen when it does not correspond with the interior structure, as is commonly the case in Italian and frequent in English churches, but is merely a decorative mask for the building behind it. See cut under reredos.
    • n screen A kind of riddle or sieve. Especially
    • n screen A large scarf forming a kind of plaid.
    • n screen A screen supported on cross-rails, feet, or the like, enabling it to stand firmly, and with hinged flaps which when opened increase its width.
    • screen To shelter or protect from inconvenience, injury, danger, or observation; cover; conceal.
    • screen To sift or riddle by passing through a screen: as, to screen coal.
    • screen Synonyms To defend, hide, mask, cloak, shroud.
    • n screen A transparent plate having ruled upon its surface lines, parallel or crossed, placed immediately in front of the sensitive plate in the manufacture of a half-tone negative, in order to break up the shadows by diffraction.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The light from your computer screen streams at you at almost 186,000 miles per second.
    • n Screen skrēn that which shelters from danger or observation, that which protects from heat, cold, or the sun:
    • v.t Screen to shelter or conceal: to pass through a coarse riddle
    • n Screen skrēn (Scot.) a large scarf: an enclosure or partition of wood, stone, or metal work, common in churches, shutting off chapels from the nave, separating the nave from the choir, &c.: a coarse riddle for sifting coal, &c
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  • Robert Bresson
    Robert Bresson
    “One forgets too easily the difference between a man and his image, and that there is none between the sound of his voice on the screen and in real life.”
  • Jamie Lee Curtis
    Jamie Lee Curtis
    “My breasts are beautiful, and I gotta tell you, they've gotten a lot of attention for what is relatively short screen time.”
  • Serge Daney
    Serge Daney
    “If you can't believe a little in what you see on the screen, it's not worth wasting your time on cinema.”
  • Daniel J. Boorstin
    “The traditional novel form continues to enlarge our experience in those very areas where the wide-angle lens and the Cinema screen tend to narrow it.”
  • Dorothea Brande
    Dorothea Brande
    “The Wright brothers flew through the smoke screen of impossibility.”
  • Horace
    “He is armed without who is innocent within, be this thy screen, and this thy wall of brass.”


Silver screen - The silver screen is the cinema.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. scren, OF. escrein, escran, F. écran, 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
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. escren (Fr. écran), from Old High Ger. scranna, a court; Ger. schranne, a bench.


In literature:

The men doing the normal shift-change screening were shorthanded in consequence.
"Space Platform" by Murray Leinster
He cut in the circuit, and waited for the phone's TV screen to show the face of his caller.
"The Penal Cluster" by Ivar Jorgensen (AKA Randall Garrett)
A television screen imbedded in the door was connected to an interior camera which showed the room within.
"What The Left Hand Was Doing" by Gordon Randall Garrett
But at least a dozen screens were mounted at convenient locations.
"Hunters Out of Space" by Joseph Everidge Kelleam
The men on the screen returned the courtesy, and the screen cleared.
"A Matter of Honor" by Ann Wilson
Then she searched the repeater screen, still wearing a troubled expression.
"Fearful Symmetry" by Ann Wilson
That night Frank lay in the crowded lobby of the hotel, ears pricked toward the wide-screened dining-room door.
"Frank of Freedom Hill" by Samuel A. Derieux
Betsy's screen lighted up.
"The Machine That Saved The World" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
Lucilla, behind her screen, listening for the pleasant tones of the man's halting speech, grew weary of the high-pitched, untiring voice.
"A Sheaf of Corn" by Mary E. Mann
At daybreak Frank Shaw stood in the screened porch facing west, watching and waiting for the return of Nestor and Jimmie.
"Boy Scouts in the Canal Zone" by G. Harvey Ralphson

In poetry:

And this were more
A thing unseen
Than falling screen
Could make of air.
"One Ran Before" by Yvor Winters
All day long and every day,
Till his madness pass'd away,
I watch'd Ozana as he lay
Within the gilded screen.
"The Chapel In Lyonesse" by William Morris
His wounds have sav'd thee once from woes,
His blood from vengeance screen'd;
When heav'n, and earth, and hell were foes,
Thy Husband was a friend:
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter I." by Ralph Erskine
The Almond-trees, that sheltered my Delight,
Screening my happiness as evening fell.
It was well worth--that most Enchanted Night--
This life in torment, and the next in Hell!
"This Month The Almonds Bloom At Kandahar" by Laurence Hope
O storm and gale of tears, whose blinding screen
Makes weather of grief, snow's drifting curtain
Palls th'immortal heights once seen.
Hidden, hidden is the heart,
Hidden, hidden is the heart.
"Lament" by Kathleen Raine
Not a single trace came o'er its face
Of the storms that raged elsewhere;
No misty screen e'er crept between
The sun and its image there;
And its depths at night were gemmed with light
By stars in the crystal air.
"A Story Of The Sea" by John Lawson Stoddard

In news:

If your screen door is sagging and won't close properly anymore, installing a screen door turnbuckle may be the solution to your woes.
Vastex ( now offers a washout sink that's designed for oversized screens and screens used for athletic numbering.
Ahmad's Angle : Swing Screen RB & Tunnel Screen.
Flip Screen's new EX80 screening bucket attachment now available in U.S. Flip Screen Australia Pty Ltd is now offering its new EX80 screening bucket attachment in the United States.
Doctors are still debating whether all children in the United States should get screened for cholesterol months after a government-appointed panel recommended widespread screening that would lead to prescribing medicine for some kids.
The first thing apparent in IE10's Metro interface is that the browser fills your entire screen, "edge-to-edge", and though a navigation bar appears at the bottom of the screen when you first open the app, it disappears when not needed.
Eric Risberg / AP Photo The new iPhone 5, featuring a 4-inch screen and a fifth row of apps on the home screen, is unveiled at an Apple event in San Francisco, Wednesday Sept 12, 2012.
Ari Gold, Drama, Turtle and Vinny Chase won't have a problem screening a movie or two on Connolly 's 110-inch Stewart Filmscreen StudioTek Screen.
Thursday's Tower Theater screening of director Bart Layton's film "The Imposter " (in the World Cinema Documentary Competition) brought the director and producer Dimitri Doganis to the after-screening Q-and-A.
A green screen a few months back and more recently the blue screen at the Republican Convention.
The award-winning documentary is being screened for lab employees Oct 16 at LANL, but it's also being screened for the community.
In addition to the screening at LANL, "Pink Skies" will be screened four times in Española and Los Alamos.
Like the iPhone, Palm 's webOS lets users navigate from screen to screen by scrolling left or right with your finger.
Peace out with the totally rad T-shirts made with Plaid's Simply Screen screen-printing supplies.
I'm mostly alone and busy with multi-tasking, giving vaccines, blood pressure screening, and diabetes screening— the workload is endless, so to hold a baby or watch kids is a ridiculous expectation for me.

In science:

For example, the topological charge is screened by light quarks.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
Z = Zimpurity − Zhost ion the effective valence and the screening constant λ.
Coherent description of electrical and thermal impurity-and-phonon limited transport in simple metals
Consider a double-slit screen with two identical slits A and B with the width 2σ0 and centers located at (0, ±Y ), in the x − y plane.
On the Experimental Incompatibility Between Standard and Bohmian Quantum Mechanics
It should be noted that, under these conditions, the two wave packets are overlapped on the screen in an interval of the order of σ0 .
On the Experimental Incompatibility Between Standard and Bohmian Quantum Mechanics
In fact, the symmetrical detection predicted by BQM happens at far (relative to σ0 ) from the x-axis on the screen.
On the Experimental Incompatibility Between Standard and Bohmian Quantum Mechanics