(1)   Something that keeps things out or hinders sight
"They had just moved in and had not put up blinds yet"
(2)   Protective covering consisting of a metallic netting mounted in a frame and covering windows or doors (especially for protection against insects)
(3)   A covering that serves to conceal or shelter something
"They crouched behind the screen"
"Under cover of darkness"
(4)   Partition consisting of a decorative frame or panel that serves to divide a space
(5)   Display on the surface of the large end of a cathode-ray tube on which is electronically created
(6)   A white or silvered surface where pictures can be projected for viewing
(7)   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"
(8)   A strainer for separating lumps from powdered material or grading particles


(9)   Examine methodically
"Screen the suitcases"
(10)   Protect, hide, or conceal from danger or harm
(11)   Separate with a riddle, as grain from chaff
(12)   Prevent from entering
"Block out the strong sunlight"
(13)   Project onto a screen for viewing
"Screen a film"
(14)   Examine in order to test suitability
"Screen these samples"
"Screen the job applicants"
(15)   Test or examine for the presence of disease or infection
"Screen the blood for the HIV virus"



< < , French ; origin uncertain.


  1. A physical divider intended to block an area from view.
  2. A material woven from fine wires intended to block animals or large particles from passing while allowing gasses, liquids and finer particles to pass.
  3. The informational viewing area of electronic output devices; the result of the output.
    • 1977, Sex Pistols, Spunk, “Problems”:
      You won't find me living for the screen
  4. The viewing area of a movie, or moving picture or slide presentation
  5. An offensive tactic in which a player stands so as to block a defender from reaching a teammate.
  6. The protective netting which protects the audience from flying objects
    Jones caught the foul up against the screen.
  7. In mining and quarries, a frame supporting a mesh of bars or wires used to classify fragments of stone by size, allowing the passage of fragments whose a diameter is smaller than the distance between the bars or wires.
  8. A stencil upon a framed mesh through which paint is forced onto printed-on material; the frame with the mesh itself.
  9. A collection of less-valuable vessels that travel with a more valuable one for the latter's protection.

See also

  • Chinese screen
  • moving screen
  • screen door
  • screen wall
  • screened-in
  • silver screen
  • smokescreen
  • touch screen
  • screen printing


  1. To filter by passing through a screen.
    Mary screened the beans to remove the clumps of gravel.
  2. To remove information, or censor intellectual material from viewing
    The news report was screened because it accused the politician of wrongdoing.
  3. To present publicly (on the screen).
    The news report will be screened at 11:00 tonight.
  4. To fit with a screen.
    We need to screen this porch. These bugs are driving me crazy.