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Noun: screen  skreen
  1. A white or silvered surface where pictures can be projected for viewing
    - silver screen, projection screen
  2. A protective covering that keeps things out or hinders sight
    "they had just moved in and had not put up screens yet";
    - blind
  3. The display that is electronically created on the surface of the large end of a cathode-ray tube
    - CRT screen
  4. A covering that serves to conceal or shelter something
    "a screen of trees afforded privacy";
    - cover, covert, concealment
  5. 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"
  6. The personnel of the film industry
    "a star of stage and screen";
    - filmdom, screenland
  7. A strainer for separating lumps from powdered material or grading particles
    - sieve
  8. Partition consisting of a decorative frame or panel that serves to divide a space
Verb: screen  skreen
  1. Check for the presence of disease or infection
    "screen the blood for the HIV virus";
    - test
  2. Examine methodically
    "screen the suitcases"
  3. Examine in order to test suitability
    "screen these samples";
    - screen out, sieve, sort
  4. Project onto a screen for viewing
    "screen a film"
  5. Prevent from entering
    "screen the strong sunlight";
    - block out
  6. Separate with a riddle, as grain from chaff
    - riddle
  7. Protect, hide, or conceal from danger or harm
    - shield

Derived forms: screens, screening, screened

Type of: analyse [Brit, Cdn], analyze [N. Amer], block, canvass, check, choose, close up, covering, display, divider, examine, film industry, impede, jam, movie industry, obstruct, obturate, occlude, partition, pick out, protect, protection, protective cover, protective covering, select, show, sieve, sift, strain, strainer, study, surface, take, video display

Part of: cathode-ray tube, CRT, screen door

Encyclopedia: Screen, Altar