Definition of screen in English:



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

    ‘the Special Branch man remained hidden behind the screen for prosecution witnesses’
    ‘a room with a red carpet and screens with oriental decorations’
    • ‘The money is offered to pay for the improvement of seating accommodation in the waiting room, and to provide lockers and screens for use in wards and consulting rooms.’
    • ‘Undercover officers were sent in to gather information, and they gave evidence in court from behind screens to protect their identities.’
    • ‘During the trial, two undercover police officers gave evidence from behind a screen to protect their identities.’
    • ‘A cardboard screen was used to prevent the subjects from seeing which hand was selected.’
    • ‘Sun and privacy shading is provided by textile screens which add to the general gaiety and variety of the composition.’
    • ‘Fretted screens diffuse the light, and wooden doors and panels are delicately carved.’
    • ‘Witnesses who were deemed to be vulnerable would be allowed to give evidence from behind a screen or from a room outside the court via video link.’
    • ‘The whole process took place behind a specially-erected screen to ensure privacy out of respect for those whose remains were being re-interred.’
    • ‘He wiggled his eyebrows causing a wave of rapid giggling from behind the screen of her room.’
    • ‘There was no curtain or a screen to divide the men and women at the prayer.’
    • ‘He stepped from behind the screen, dressed in light, silky green robes and soft doeskin breeches.’
    • ‘Freestanding room screens or dividers that have slots or elastic lacing for photos.’
    • ‘There are no screens dividing the space so if JJ wants me he just calls down the office to me.’
    • ‘And if at all the sun occasionally peeps out of the clouds, there will be large screens to provide shade to the plants.’
    • ‘One way to improve the function of the room is to use room dividers; Japanese screens will allow the light to filter through and will provide a bright, clean look.’
    • ‘A furry black and white head emerged from behind one of the room's many Oriental screens.’
    • ‘Fences, privacy screens and landscaping can all complement the home design to ensure privacy.’
    • ‘The room was perfunctory, with a bed and wardrobe, and behind a privacy screen lay a simple bathroom.’
    • ‘In the Philippines they have lovely screens to protect you from the glare.’
    • ‘Behind the screen was an X-ray machine, a table and three security guards - two male, one female - in dark green uniforms.’
    partition, divider, room divider, dividing wall, separator, curtain, arras, blind, awning, shade, shutter, canopy, windbreak
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    1. 1.1 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’
      • ‘First, hiding a suburban-like caravan park behind a tree screen would do little to alter the character of the land use itself.’
      • ‘The workers say they need to keep the screens for protection against people who are so desperate they lash out.’
      • ‘His opponent entered from the other side of the arena, hidden from Iam's view by a thick screen of trees.’
      • ‘The picture garden tends to cut off the world, to make rooms to be enclosed by screens of trees.’
      • ‘Li said antiradiation protection screens and glasses are not very effective.’
      • ‘The bus company will also make sure drivers are protected behind security screens.’
      • ‘He has to be bumped away from the ball, prevented from coming off screens, and forced to get to his position late.’
      • ‘Sixty or so feet away, a couple of cow elk stepped from behind a screen of small trees.’
      • ‘An unsurfaced path, like a forestry track, cut away from the road behind a screen of trees to a large parking area.’
      • ‘The freshman point guard went straight behind a second screen to find some room deep in the right corner.’
      • ‘The excavations are concealed by a screen of trees.’
      • ‘One was holding a sledge hammer and began hitting the security screen while another tried to smash an internal door.’
      • ‘The books are lovingly maintained, and kept on shelves behind a protective screen.’
      • ‘Thousands of workers in benefit offices and jobcentres are to stage a two-day strike next week in a dispute over the removal of security screens.’
      • ‘So many visitors have tried to touch them that they are now protected behind a perspex screen.’
      • ‘Perspex screens now protect some murals against touching and graffiti; flash photography is prohibited.’
      • ‘Usually when one has failed miserably, the other has been on hand to save the family's blushes and provide a useful screen for the other to hide behind.’
      • ‘Are certain procedures in danger of becoming, in effect, screens of confidentiality to prevent cases discussed thereunder from being aired in public?’
      • ‘Radiographers wear a lead apron or go behind a protective screen to avoid repeated exposure to x-rays.’
      • ‘A three-man gang fired at a security screen protecting a post office after first trying to smash their way in using a pole.’
      buffer, protection, shield, shelter, guard, safeguard
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    2. 1.2Architecture often with modifier 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’
      See also rood screen
      • ‘Most exceptional is the stone-vaulted chancel with its stone chancel screen with three tall and narrow openings.’
      • ‘While they may not have been such strict barricades as has often been supposed, choir screens were highly potent in their role as mystifying enclosures.’
      • ‘I should like to stress that in no way would the images on French and German choir screens have communicated only with or been appreciated only by lay viewers.’
      • ‘Rupert's account of his vision was written about 1125, before the widespread use of solid choir screens to partition space.’
      • ‘A wrought-iron screen dividing the chancel and the nave impresses beyond words.’
    3. 1.3 A windscreen of a motor vehicle.
      ‘a branch whipped across the screen and tore off one of the wipers’
      • ‘It was so cold that the windscreen-washers froze on the Land Rover and the screen kept icing up.’
      • ‘For example, robots automatically apply adhesives to the edges of the front and rear screens before inserting them.’
      • ‘Windscreen wipers automatically adjust pressure to the screen dependent on road speed.’
      • ‘All-round visibility is excellent, especially due to the large rear screen and two-part wing mirrors with blind spot adjustment.’
      • ‘Boot access is through a wide hatch or even by opening the rear screen.’
      • ‘The rear luggage space is large for the style of car, with easy access through that large rear screen.’
      • ‘It's winter so you expect that your car's windscreen will be iced up in the morning You have to find something to clear the screen so you reach into your wallet or purse and pull out a credit card!’
      • ‘Rear visibility is good due to a large rear screen although big headrests and a wide B pillar obscure over-the-shoulder visibility.’
      • ‘She watched the repetitive movement of the windscreen wipers swish backwards and forwards, clearing the screen from the streaks of water that blurred it.’
      • ‘Rips, tears or cracks on items such as lawn chairs, suitcases, automobile seats and window screens can easily be fixed with transparent duct tape.’
      • ‘Rear visibility was somewhat hampered by wide A and C-pillars, quite a narrow rear screen and obstructive rear headrests.’
      • ‘It's ironic because earlier in the day, I had to get somebody to etch his registration number in his screens because he asked for it.’
      • ‘My only complaint is that rear visibility is minimal due to the size of the rear screen.’
    4. 1.4 A frame with fine wire netting used in a window or doorway to keep out mosquitoes and other flying insects.
      ‘gauze screens fitted to the doors and windows were tightly closed’
      • ‘New medical knowledge, mosquito eradication, and window screens transformed the sleeping experience for only a generation or two.’
      • ‘I climbed the porch steps we had painted and tapped the screen door conscientiously.’
      • ‘The windows had no screens, and I thought of jumping out.’
      • ‘Many houses along the marshland do not have window screens and have large gaps in the floor and ceiling.’
      • ‘If there are no screens, shut the windows and doors at sunset.’
      • ‘I quietly took the screen off my already-open window and jumped out, down about ten feet to the ground.’
      • ‘They are strongly attracted to artificial light and will come in through window screens if not a fine mesh.’
      • ‘An outdoor room with a freestanding fireplace - and screens for protection against insects - can be used nine months of the year.’
      • ‘I have screens and double windows with tight-fitting sashes in my attic office.’
      • ‘Window screens are designed to keep insects out, but because they are not strong enough to keep children inside, they will not prevent falls from windows.’
      • ‘Homes fitted with mosquito screens can also help keep the insect at bay.’
      • ‘When he reached out a hand to tap on the frame, the screen slid open.’
      • ‘Make sure that door and window screens fit tightly and have no holes that may allow mosquitoes indoors.’
      • ‘At one point the family thought it was snowing as white insulation was ripped from under the eaves and got caught in the fly screen over the windows.’
      • ‘Luckily we eventually moved to Army housing and our home had built in screens on the windows.’
      • ‘And where appropriate, consider nonchemical ways to deter biting insects such as screens, netting, long-sleeves and slacks.’
      • ‘We're about to eat, " her mother called through the screen door.’
      • ‘If you travel to an area of the world that has a high risk for malaria, you can also install window screens, use insect repellents, and place mosquito netting over beds.’
      • ‘Make sure that insect screens on doors and windows are in good order, and fit rubber strips on the bottom of doors to seal gaps.’
      • ‘The homes are suitable for either a concrete slab or timber floor construction and all homes are fully insulated with insect screens as a standard inclusion.’
      mesh, net, netting
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    5. 1.5 A part of an electrical or other instrument which protects it from or prevents it causing electromagnetic interference.
    6. 1.6Electronics A grid placed between the control grid and the anode of a valve to reduce the capacitance between these electrodes.
  • 2A 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’
    ‘a computer screen’
    ‘a giant video screen’
    • ‘The company's flat screens come with optional speakers and have a good three-year on-site parts and labour warranty.’
    • ‘Maybe you're a noisy, active gamer who yells at the screen and bangs his controller in frustration when he loses.’
    • ‘That said, the company has a long tradition of electronic excellence, and is impossible to ignore when it comes to flat screens.’
    • ‘Open it another way, and a 2.8-inch touch screen appears.’
    • ‘Pressing the display button for over a second increases the light behind the LCD screen.’
    • ‘The signal appears on a screen in the control centre which can send assistance immediately as it knows the exact location of the vehicle.’
    • ‘Hardly a month goes by without another fictional TV series about forensic science appearing on our screens.’
    • ‘All was as normal, but for the giant TV screen right by the departure board, beaming the latest BBC news.’
    • ‘Keep an eye on resolution: Many LCD screens do not display a true high-definition image.’
    • ‘I went into the darkened drawing room and sat watching the flickering of light on the TV screen.’
    • ‘The picture on the 1.5in screen is surprisingly sharp, although it flickers when you walk.’
    • ‘The insulator structure may also enhance the focus of electrons emitted by the field emitter device on the display screen.’
    • ‘The cursor is like your hand, the mouse is like part of the brain… it transforms movement of the mouse into movement on the screen.’
    • ‘The center can monitor virtually every square foot of the Pacific Rim, and the screens were covered with icons representing aircraft and ships operating in the area.’
    • ‘When customers are finished browsing and indicate that they're ready to buy, an iChoose window appears on their screens.’
    • ‘All you need is a device called a colorimeter, which attaches to your screen and adjusts your monitor automatically to display the correct hues.’
    • ‘There was nothing, then an unidentified aircraft appeared on the controllers' radar screens.’
    • ‘Milon very nearly threw the remote control at the TV screen.’
    • ‘A satellite in Earth orbit charted his progress on a full-color street grid displayed on the screen of his cell phone.’
    • ‘Since portable devices have small screens, much less data is required to achieve full-screen quality for video.’
    display, monitor, visual display unit, vdu, cathode-ray tube, crt
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    1. 2.1 A blank surface on which a film or photographic image is projected.
      ‘two historical swashbucklers are due to fill cinema screens this year’
      ‘a huge movie screen’
      • ‘According to TV star, plans are in place for a sequel to the movie, which hit cinema screens at the peak of the show's success.’
      • ‘He also commented that the films were made for giant IMAX cinemas, whose screens have surfaces of hundreds of square metres.’
      • ‘The scene winds up with the close-up of the milk in the glass, coming toward the camera, filling the screen and turning it white.’
      • ‘We had two hand held 8mm projectors, and we used them to project images on the screen or onto people in the audience.’
      • ‘The only safe way to observe it would be to use a telescope to project the image of the sun on to a white screen and then look at it.’
      • ‘The film is a sell-out at the festival but hits cinema screens in November - as one of autumn's must-see movies.’
      • ‘The latest multiplex with five screens and a seating capacity of 1103 has opened its doors to Bangaloreans at the Garuda Mall.’
      • ‘In the first two decades after the creation of the Irish Republic in 1921, Irish nationalism rarely featured on British cinema screens.’
      • ‘She also wastes no time in espousing her political views, by way of quotes from the likes of Einstein, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr, projected onto screens.’
      • ‘He hit a button on his podium, and the huge screen behind him lit up, and began to show a recording of the interrogation.’
      • ‘With films like this on our screens and Asian music hitting the mainstream charts, it is no wonder that British audiences are crying out for more Indian culture in their theatres.’
      • ‘This film proves that this topic is worthy of movie screens, as do some other excellent examples of seniors cinema.’
      • ‘The school employs zoned lighting, to improve visibility and readability of chalkboards, white boards or projector screens.’
      • ‘These days, cinema screens are mostly filled with sappy King stories about human drama.’
      • ‘As a small boy he and his cohorts staged mock hold-ups and shoot'em outs and sat enthralled as the adventures of their heroes played out on the silver movie screens.’
      • ‘Hidden projectors cast an image of a watering hole onto a screen behind the trees, which gives the scene depth and realism.’
      • ‘I mean, every country can do movies which fill the screen, but Americans do it more often.’
      • ‘The district contains twenty or thirty of these: little cinemas with one or two screens showing arthouse movies.’
      • ‘The house has a home cinema with a huge screen and hundreds of movies to choose from.’
      • ‘Mr Morris's long-term aim is to update the cinema from a single screen to three screens and to provide a cafe.’
    2. 2.2 Films or television as a medium, genre, or industry.
      ‘she's a star of the track as well as the screen’
      ‘he is interviewed on screen’
      • ‘When fall hits, the big screens are suddenly filled with a myriad of films.’
      • ‘I suppose it has something to do with the nice, regular guy quality he exudes on screen, but he's not really a very good actor.’
      • ‘Both actors are stronger on screen together than individually, playing off each other very well.’
      • ‘He has that star quality that allows certain actors to light up the screen.’
      • ‘This film was the screen debut for both Hauer and costar Monique Van de Ven.’
      • ‘Most of the characters you play on screen are pretty intense and also pretty miserable.’
      • ‘It bears mentioning that Poolhall Junkies was the last film appearance for screen legend Rod Steiger.’
      • ‘The director lights up the screen with genuine emotions, minus sentimentality.’
      • ‘The turning point of his career was the year 1993, when he saw an IMAX giant screen film for the first time in Washington.’
      • ‘In The Stunt Man, one of the greatest actors the screen has ever known gives one of his greatest performances.’
      • ‘From Hollywood, he created depictions of the screen stars Charlie Chaplin and Fred and Ginger.’
      • ‘Sarah makes it clear she's very different to her screen alter ego.’
      • ‘Whatever a film director may do, the actors on screen and the spectators in the cinema are obligated to remain apart.’
      • ‘If there is any silver lining to these films it's the screen presence of the late N!’
      • ‘Izzard has a definite screen presence; one day the right script and director are going to make him a real movie star.’
      • ‘Many film texts evolve as original works written directly for the screen.’
      • ‘Can you enjoy reading the source book after seeing the screen adaptation?’
      • ‘Midway through the movie, Haskell and Mark appear on screen filming each other.’
      • ‘Rogers' film success sprang from allowing the actors on screen to improvise many of their lines.’
      • ‘Depardieu has been in a few American titles that have been funny, though nothing that rocked the silver screens enough to gain a long-term following.’
    3. 2.3 The data or images displayed on a computer screen.
      ‘pressing the F1 key at any time will display a help screen’
      • ‘Thirty years ago, strategy games were screens of text instructions and a prompt where you could type a weather forecast.’
      • ‘I've missed pressing publish and see the publish status screen show up, instead of a pop up error message saying the operation has timed out.’
      • ‘The console hummed with power and the holographic interface screens popped up all around her, information being processed.’
      • ‘This was an era of green computer screens, when it took 18 key strokes just to get to the main screen.’
      • ‘Then the subject was asked to press a function key that replaced the welcoming screen with some instructions.’
      • ‘One thing did stop him: The final screen, presenting his ballot in overview, highlighted a missed entry in red.’
      • ‘There is no way you should have been able to access that screen.’
      • ‘The procedures could be planned on the navigation screen allowing the optimal size and position to be precisely determined.’
      • ‘She started flipping through the different screens of data, until she stopped on the one with the array.’
      • ‘While searching through the five different menu screens, look out for figures entertaining you each in their own unique way.’
      • ‘The fact that they're protected behind a login screen will either turn the causal browser away or leave them wondering what's being hidden.’
      • ‘As I do on the start of any new game, the first place I checked was the options screen.’
      • ‘The main screen looks quite good and is operated by means of the function keys.’
      • ‘Instead you're usually left calling for a screen instead of the computer recognizing the situation.’
      • ‘This program allows users to move smoothly and quickly between databases instead of struggling through a mass of windows and screens on the OR computer.’
      • ‘Although how they would fit a preview screen on a camera the size of a matchbox, I don't know!’
    4. 2.4Photography A flat piece of ground glass on which the image formed by a camera lens is focused.
  • 3Printing
    A transparent finely ruled plate or film used in half-tone reproduction.

    • ‘Screenprints are almost invariably coloured, a different screen generally being used successively for each colour.’
    • ‘The halftone screen used to create the greys for the text was terrible, and you could see dots with the naked eye.’
  • 4in singular A system of checking a person or thing for the presence or absence of something, typically a disease.

    ‘services offered by the centre include a health screen for people who have just joined the company’
    • ‘The scan suggested the possibility of hepatic infiltration but the autoantibody screen gave negative results.’
    • ‘A septic screen including culture of urine and blood was negative and a chest x ray film was normal.’
    • ‘Many patients can be reassured if testicular examination and a screen for STIs give normal results.’
    • ‘Secondary screens identify four major groups of mutations.’
    • ‘I was asked to do an HIV screen, but the patient refused consent.’
    • ‘Refer her to the genitourinary clinic for partner notification and an infection screen.’
    • ‘Further radiography, on day 3, showed resolution of the abnormalities, and the infection screen was negative.’
    • ‘The sign also prominently displayed the nature of the health screen being offered.’
    • ‘We have ordered her an exercise tolerance test and checked some routine bloods including a lipid screen.’
    • ‘A full screen to exclude STIs is essential to avoid delayed diagnosis and possible long term complications.’
    • ‘In a strep screen, the doctor or medical assistant wipes the back of the child's throat with a long cotton swab.’
    • ‘A screen of family history might on average add 30 seconds to this consultation.’
    • ‘These individuals could be considered correctly classified by the general screen.’
    • ‘A positive screen indicates that the pregnancy is at a greater risk and further diagnostic testing needs to be offered.’
    • ‘If haemarthrosis is not suspected but joint aspirate is bloodstained, a clotting screen is essential.’
    • ‘Leach can now conduct large-scale genetic screens, studying the progress of mutations designed to mimic the way human pancreatic disease develops.’
    • ‘We conducted a genetic screen for factors affecting the directionality of mating-type switching.’
    • ‘After fluid resuscitation and a septic screen, he was treated with intravenous cefotaxime.’
    • ‘Very successful genetic screens have also been conducted in sensitized genetic backgrounds.’
    • ‘Two view mammography and double reading will help reduce false negative rates, but reducing the time between screens should also help to minimise true interval cancers.’
  • 5Military
    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’
    • ‘She could see the two wedges the support ships were making for the Capitol ships - a defensive screen.’
    • ‘The most effective tactics are to engage the enemy with fighting patrols and screens of infantry and armour that can they withdraw into the city after causing casualties to the enemy.’
    • ‘Destroyers of the escort screen raced out and drove the U-boats off.’
    • ‘In the 17th century, the musketeer and his relatively sophisticated weapon was protected from being ridden down by cavalry by protective screens of pikemen.’
    • ‘There was to be a coastal ‘crust’ that was to consist of a thin screen of infantry deployed along the beaches.’
  • 6A 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’
    • ‘Sample residues were washed, dried, and sieved through 0.125 mm screens.’
    • ‘It uses a frame supporting a screen that strains and filters the pulp fibers in an even layer to form a sheet of paper.’
    • ‘While most of the other mining areas of the country employed an exclusively male workforce, the Lancashire coalfield was one of several areas which had a tradition of employing women on the pithead coal screens.’
    • ‘Processed Black tea leaves are sorted into different sizes by passing them over screens with different size holes.’
    • ‘Due to their small size, however, they may be underrepresented at archaeological sites investigated without the use of fine mesh screens.’
    • ‘While I have used commercial bonsai soils, the best tool purchase I ever made was a set of soil sieving screens.’
    sieve, riddle, sifter, strainer, colander, filter, winnow
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[with object]
  • 1Conceal, 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 passers-by’
    • ‘The entire site is screened by good-sized trees and hedgerows, giving shelter.’
    • ‘In the past visitors would wander down her hillside beckoned by a view of Mount Hood; now the hedge screens the alluring meadow and guides them to the front door.’
    • ‘To the west a tree lined hedge screens the site from Stantyway Road, which passes the site in a shallow cutting with tree lined hedges on the banks on both sides.’
    • ‘For example when we lived in Pennsylvania our front yard screened us from the road with 10 feet tall evergreens.’
    • ‘The white rice paper shades allow enough light in so that the rooms can primarily be lit with natural light, but the view from the windows is completely screened.’
    • ‘Trees provide shade, help shelter us from wind, and may screen undesirable views or enhance beautiful vistas.’
    • ‘Trees can improve protection by obscuring assets and people, but they also screen perpetrators from view.’
    • ‘He now hopes to plant another 450 metres of hedge at Hob Moor to replace deteriorating hedges and to screen other ugly boundaries.’
    • ‘A Yew hedge screens the paved area at the back door which leads to a herb garden.’
    • ‘Throughout the scheme, tiers of steps leading into the sunken areas provide informal seating and car parking is screened by hedges of dark cypresses.’
    • ‘The planners pointed out that the site is well screened from an existing housing estate and from the Ross Road.’
    • ‘The front yard of their corner lot is screened only by plantings and a sheltered seating area.’
    • ‘The plastics recycling company is fairly well, although not completely screened with mature trees.’
    • ‘A large formal garden is screened front and rear with mature hedges.’
    • ‘After lunch, I took a short walk along the path, and stopped behind a gorse bush, both for shelter from a cool wind, and to screen me from the birds.’
    • ‘We carefully considered the residents and offered to screen the stables with a hawthorn hedge but if necessary we will remove it.’
    • ‘John has been able to create a sense of being in the bush while also screening the home from the road and passing traffic.’
    • ‘Another option is move the path to the school's eastern boundary and build a high fence, wall or hedge to screen the school.’
    • ‘A sliding ‘shade,’ which screens the front of the house, is made from the same material.’
    • ‘The front garden is screened from the road with high mature hedging while the gravel driveway has space for several cars.’
    conceal, hide, mask, shield, shelter, shade, protect, guard, safeguard, veil, cloak, camouflage, disguise
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    1. 1.1screen something off Separate something from something else with or as if with a screen.
      ‘an area had been screened off as a waiting room’
      • ‘The existing stone walls have been screened off to a height of three and a half metres, and the central dividing walls have been removed.’
      • ‘An oval meeting area at the entry can be screened off by a sheer curtain and by pivoting millwork elements for displaying candy.’
      • ‘In quantum mechanics, there are correlated effects that are believed to have no common cause that screens them off.’
      • ‘The head of the hole is screened off from the fjord, and it is almost as if we were on a little mountain lake.’
      • ‘Branches, taken off nearby trees, were interwoven into the barbed wire to screen it off from the camp's other section.’
      • ‘St George's Market appeared deserted: half of it was screened off, and of the remaining space only a quarter was filled by booths from the washroom industry.’
      • ‘The offices are screened off with translucent striated plastic partitioning, so the activities of staff become like shadow-plays under the fluorescent strip-lighting.’
      • ‘In a few more weeks' time, this feat won't be possible - the vegetable garden will be screened off by spring foliage as it was in Victorian times.’
      • ‘In older parts of town, the canals are screened off from yards and businesses by the equally impenetrable walls of giant oleanders.’
      • ‘All the aquaria were screened off from each other.’
      partition off, divide off, separate off, curtain off
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    2. 1.2 Protect (someone) from something dangerous or unpleasant.
      ‘in my country a man of my rank would be screened completely from any risk of attack’
      • ‘They had to be whisked in by a back entrance, completely screened from the workers protesting outside.’
      • ‘National Guard soldiers manned the checkpoint at the corner, screening traders on their way to work.’
    3. 1.3 Prevent from causing or protect from electromagnetic interference.
      ‘ensure that your microphone leads are properly screened from hum pickup’
      • ‘To examine reception quality, a researcher made a call and then walked into a room screened to prevent cellphone signals penetrating its walls or bouncing around inside.’
  • 2Show (a film or video) or broadcast (a television programme)

    ‘the show is to be screened by the BBC later this year’
    • ‘The film is screened in a 35 mm format and is not an IMAX, large format or a 3D presentation.’
    • ‘He made his call on a BBC1 crime special - Armed and Dangerous - which was screened at 9pm last night.’
    • ‘The race will also be screened on satellite television as part of the service provided by the dedicated racing channel that was launched earlier this year.’
    • ‘If England and/or Ireland qualify for the semi-finals, both broadcasters would screen both matches live.’
    • ‘The first series was screened in 1994 as people of all races voted together for the first time and elected Nelson Mandela president.’
    • ‘The ABC network which screens the show has no plans to change the questions - 30 million viewers watch each night.’
    • ‘It was a dream come true when 5 films of Chabrol were screened in Bangkok this year.’
    • ‘The amateur video has been widely screened on television news bulletins around the world.’
    • ‘Inaugurated by the Malayalam filmmaker Mohan on January 25, the festival screens 13 films by the master.’
    • ‘Now American commercials can be screened on Australian television.’
    • ‘AN 11-years-old Sligo boy takes on a skateboard challenge in a new television programme to be screened tomorrow, Wednesday.’
    • ‘Who would have thought that the second world war Home Guard sitcom, first screened by the BBC in 1968, would still be relevant?’
    • ‘A TV viewer recently wrote a letter to a newspaper complaining about the films screened by a private television station during the school holidays.’
    • ‘It really breaks our heart to have to turn people away, but we have limited facilities and can only screen so many films.’
    • ‘Dad asked Mom if any films had been screened yet on television.’
    • ‘One of the ads to be screened on prime time television shows a busy high street where adults of all ages are hugging each other, lamp posts, and everything else they can lay their hands on.’
    • ‘We should be free to screen films which people like and which protect our sector.’
    • ‘Set to hit theatres across the country this Friday, the film was screened at Mahadev Road Auditorium in New Delhi on Tuesday evening.’
    • ‘The films were screened in cinemas across the city and at community meetings.’
    • ‘Next year will be the last time the BBC screens the race.’
    show, present, air, broadcast, transmit, televise, put out, put on the air, telecast, relay
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  • 3Test (a person or substance) for the presence or absence of a disease.

    ‘outpatients were screened for cervical cancer’
    • ‘These patients were all screened for the presence of underlying thrombophilia using the same tests as those performed in the study patients.’
    • ‘Invariably, when your ophthalmologist screens your eyes and diagnoses you with one of these problems, you are left worried and unconvinced about the implications.’
    • ‘Subjects were recruited prenatally by screening parents using skin testing and questionnaires regarding allergic diseases.’
    • ‘It is not clear that using family history to screen for cardiovascular disease is useful in children.’
    • ‘During an early prenatal visit, most pregnant women are given a blood test to screen for syphilis.’
    • ‘Women who are properly screened should not die from cervical cancer.’
    • ‘Donated blood and organs should be screened to prevent transmission of West Nile virus, federal officials say.’
    • ‘There are very few silent diseases that can be effectively screened for with blood tests - such as diabetes.’
    • ‘Perioperative nurses should screen all patients for herbal medication use.’
    • ‘What you believed all along to be certified and protected blood, may not have been screened completely.’
    • ‘The investigators conclude that anyone diagnosed with osteoporosis should be screened for celiac disease.’
    • ‘Its iron clad links to Big Pharma and taxpayer funded agencies intent on screening the entire American population for mental illness are terribly dangerous.’
    • ‘In most Western countries, national health guidelines encourage general practitioners to screen elderly people for hearing loss.’
    • ‘One year earlier, the patient had had a respiratory arrest from asthma; she was not screened for illicit drug use at that time.’
    • ‘Animal shelters could make it standard to screen dogs entering shelters for these purposes.’
    • ‘Should all Rh D-negative women be screened for excessive fetomaternal hemorrhage after delivery of an Rh D-positive infant?’
    • ‘After oviposition, the parent females were screened for the presence of virus by fluorescent antibody technique as mentioned below.’
    • ‘Prostate cancer is extremely common; depending upon how carefully older men are screened for the disease.’
    • ‘Patients also should be screened for alcohol and substance abuse.’
    • ‘A physical therapist screens the patient for orthopedic limitations before performing strength training.’
    1. 3.1 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 a preselection committee’
      • ‘The Coast Guard screened maritime workers for loyalty, and blacklisted and drove hundreds off the ships and docks.’
      • ‘If shelters and rescue groups do not screen their adopters and do counseling, they are no different from pet stores.’
      • ‘Sunday school teachers, choir leaders and other volunteers will be screened to ensure they are safe to work with children.’
      • ‘Some areas have setup road blocks to screen travelers coming in.’
      • ‘He is currently in Trinidad screening potential clients to see whether there is a market for the drug, both cosmetically and neurologically.’
      • ‘Licensure is designated as a way to protect the public by screening individuals who may cause harm and disciplining those who have inflicted harm.’
      • ‘His experience has changed and personalized his work screening contestants.’
      • ‘Volunteers are comprehensively trained and screened before being matched with a suitable family or parent.’
      • ‘The majority of identity thefts occur thru contractors employing people in entry-level jobs that have not been properly screened.’
      • ‘The teams' investigation reports would be used by the House to screen the 10 candidates on Monday and Tuesday.’
      • ‘It appeared the family had never been properly screened by the DIB, which was alarming given that its activities were supposedly well monitored, he added.’
      • ‘To achieve this, the congregation's president appointed a committee of eight to screen candidates.’
      • ‘There have been pilot programs to screen passengers and check luggage at two Amtrak stations.’
      • ‘You have to screen new people based on whether they have the right profile to do that.’
      • ‘An unusual observation is that patients screened and considered suitable for inclusion in a trial fared slightly better if they refused to participate than did those who enrolled.’
      • ‘When you open an options account, the broker will screen you for suitability and hand you several information pamphlets.’
      • ‘Ms Kofi explained that the applications will first have to be screened by the tourism committee and later put in a gazette notice for a month before approval.’
      • ‘The selection committee is responsible for screening the candidates and for ensuring that mentors and mentees are matched according to profile and career.’
      • ‘According to Bradley, the drivers, who work part-time, are fully screened and identity documents fully checked.’
      • ‘The venue was ready with the mandatory perimeter separating spectators from the VVIP who would be on a high rise dais and everyone was checked and screened.’
      vet, check, check up on, check out, evaluate, assess, scrutinize, test
      check, test, examine, investigate, scan
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    2. 3.2 Evaluate or analyse (something) for its suitability for a particular purpose or application.
      ‘only one per cent of rainforest plants have been screened for medical use’
      • ‘There is no reason why wire-tapping evidence could not be screened by an investigating judge, to make sure that the defence has everything it needs.’
      • ‘Under the proposed agreement, we will sign away our right to screen most US investments in Australia.’
      • ‘The resulting FOA R colonies were screened for temperature-sensitive growth.’
      • ‘The suo mutations were screened for their ability to restore growth of pex2 mutants on OA medium.’
      • ‘Prior to analysis, the variables were screened for assumptions of statistical analysis.’
      • ‘Such a process is somewhat like screening a personal investment portfolio to determine whether the original rationale for investing in a stock is still operative.’
      • ‘Such a list has existed, but it should be screened and pruned to ensure that the topics are suitable for student research.’
      • ‘These mutants were then screened for their ability to suppress other yme1 phenotypes, as well as for inherent collateral phenotypes.’
      • ‘To some extent, I think events need to be screened properly before permission is granted to access the facility.’
      • ‘She was able to screen more than 50 million seeds looking for possible hybrids and found in the end only two.’
      • ‘I liked using McAffee SpamKiller because it screens spam on my home PC so it does not load my Inbox while traveling.’
      • ‘I'd have to spend the next four months hiding from Devon, avoiding him like the plague, screening my calls.’
    3. 3.3screen someone/something out Exclude someone or something after evaluation or investigation.
      ‘anti-spam software can screen out large amounts of unwanted email’
      • ‘That lead narrows as you screen out those who are most likely to vote.’
      • ‘He realized that, unless he was somehow able to screen out the miscreants, he would be spending all his time policing the area.’
      • ‘Effective background investigations, however, will screen out the most serious threats.’
      • ‘I would not be pleased to see the sort of ads you're trying to screen out appear on my emails.’
      • ‘It claims to be able to screen out people who are nervous or stressed from those that are lying.’
      • ‘The CIA says it is confident of being able to screen out unsavory or disloyal applicants.’
      • ‘None of these users would necessarily be screened out by a licensing system or a background check.’
      • ‘It was his belief that the Council's senior officials were appalled that the four other potential routes were screened out because of a plant.’
      • ‘Of the complaints received, 1,892 were screened out because of the restrictions on investigation or because they fell outside the jurisdiction of the office.’
      • ‘They effectively play the role of parents, screening out anything that might not be suitable for the children.’
  • 4Pass (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’
    • ‘Mesh barriers or sieves can screen out anything larger than a certain size from incoming water.’
    • ‘Local materials may be used when dried and screened to meet required size and hardness and when determined to be free of grease or other impurities.’
    • ‘Other material would be sorted, screened, shredded and baled.’
    sieve, riddle, sift, strain, filter, sort, winnow
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  • 5Printing
    Project (a photograph or other image) through a transparent ruled plate so as to be able to reproduce it as a half-tone.


Middle English: shortening of Old Northern French escren, of Germanic origin.