Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) a white or silvered surface where pictures can be projected for viewing
  2. (noun, artifact) a protective covering that keeps things out or hinders sight
  3. (noun, artifact) the display that is electronically created on the surface of the large end of a cathode-ray tube
  4. (noun, artifact) a covering that serves to conceal or shelter something
    under cover of darkness
    the brush provided a covert for game
    the simplest concealment is to match perfectly the color of the background
  5. (noun, artifact) a protective covering consisting of netting; can be mounted in a frame
    a metal screen protected the observers
  6. (noun, group) the personnel of the film industry
  7. (noun, artifact) a strainer for separating lumps from powdered material or grading particles
  8. (noun, artifact) 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
  9. (noun, artifact) partition consisting of a decorative frame or panel that serves to divide a space
  10. (verb, social) test or examine for the presence of disease or infection
  11. (verb, cognition) examine methodically
  12. (verb, social) examine in order to test suitability
    screen the job applicants
  13. (verb, perception) project onto a screen for viewing
  14. (verb, contact) prevent from entering
  15. (verb, contact) separate with a riddle, as grain from chaff
  16. (verb, competition) protect, hide, or conceal from danger or harm

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Screen

  1. 1393, probably from an aphetic (Anglo-Fr.?) variant of O.N.Fr. escren, O.Fr. escran "a screen against heat" (1318), perhaps from M.Du. scherm "screen, cover," or Frank. *skrank "barrier," from a Gmc. root related to O.H.G. skirm, skerm "protection" (cf. skirmish). Meaning "net-wire frame used in windows and doors" is recorded from 1895.… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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