AskDefine | Define screen

Dictionary Definition



1 a white or silvered surface where pictures can be projected for viewing [syn: silver screen, projection screen]
2 something that keeps things out or hinders sight; "they had just moved in and had not put up blinds yet" [syn: blind]
3 display on the surface of the large end of a cathode-ray tube on which is electronically created [syn: CRT screen]
4 a covering that serves to conceal or shelter something; "they crouched behind the screen"; "under cover of darkness" [syn: cover, covert, concealment]
5 protective covering consisting of a metallic netting mounted in a frame and covering windows or doors (especially for protection against insects)
6 a strainer for separating lumps from powdered material or grading particles [syn: sieve]
7 a door that is a screen to keep insects from entering a building through the open door; "he heard the screen slam as she left" [syn: screen door]
8 partition consisting of a decorative frame or panel that serves to divide a space


1 test or examine for the presence of disease or infection; "screen the blood for the HIV virus" [syn: test]
2 examine methodically; "screen the suitcases"
3 examine in order to test suitability; "screen these samples"; "screen the job applicants" [syn: screen out, sieve, sort]
4 project onto a screen for viewing; "screen a film"
5 prevent from entering; "block out the strong sunlight" [syn: block out]
6 separate with a riddle, as grain from chaff [syn: riddle]
7 protect, hide, or conceal from danger or harm [syn: shield]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /skriːn/
  • /skri:n/
  • Rhymes: -iːn


  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.



a physical divider
  • Japanese: ついたて
a material woven from fine wires
  • Japanese: フェンス, 柵
the informational viewing area
  • Czech: obrazovka
  • Japanese: スクリーン
  • Russian: экран, ширма
  • Serbian: ekran , zaslon
the viewing area of a movie
  • Japanese: スクリーン, 銀幕
basketball: an offensive tactic
  • Japanese: スクリーン
baseball: the protective netting

See also


  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. In the context of "film|television": 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.

Derived terms


to filter
  • Japanese: ふるい落とす, 取り除く, 除外
to remove information
  • Japanese: ふるい落とす, 取り除く, 除外
film, television: to present publicly
  • Japanese: 発表する
to fit with a screen
  • Japanese: qualifier phrase 膜を張る

Extensive Definition

Screen may mean:
Screen may also refer to:
screen in Asturian: Pantalla
screen in German: Schirm
screen in Spanish: Pantalla
screen in Esperanto: Ekrano
screen in Basque: Pantaila
screen in French: Écran
screen in Italian: Schermo
screen in Dutch: Scherm
screen in Norwegian Nynorsk: skjerm
screen in Russian: Экран
screen in Simple English: Screen
screen in Slovenian: Ekran

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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