What does Screen mean?

Definitions for Screen

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. screen, silver screen, projection screennoun

    a white or silvered surface where pictures can be projected for viewing

  2. blind, screennoun

    a protective covering that keeps things out or hinders sight

    "they had just moved in and had not put up blinds yet"

  3. screen, CRT screennoun

    the display that is electronically created on the surface of the large end of a cathode-ray tube

  4. screen, cover, covert, concealmentnoun

    a covering that serves to conceal or shelter something

    "a screen of trees afforded privacy"; "under cover of darkness"; "the brush provided a covert for game"; "the simplest concealment is to match perfectly the color of the background"

  5. screennoun

    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. filmdom, screenland, screennoun

    the personnel of the film industry

    "a star of stage and screen"

  7. sieve, screennoun

    a strainer for separating lumps from powdered material or grading particles

  8. screen door, screennoun

    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"

  9. screenverb

    partition consisting of a decorative frame or panel that serves to divide a space

  10. screen, testverb

    test or examine for the presence of disease or infection

    "screen the blood for the HIV virus"

  11. screenverb

    examine methodically

    "screen the suitcases"

  12. screen, screen out, sieve, sortverb

    examine in order to test suitability

    "screen these samples"; "screen the job applicants"

  13. screenverb

    project onto a screen for viewing

    "screen a film"

  14. screen, block outverb

    prevent from entering

    "block out the strong sunlight"

  15. riddle, screenverb

    separate with a riddle, as grain from chaff

  16. shield, screenverb

    protect, hide, or conceal from danger or harm


  1. Screennoun

    a netting, usu. of metal, contained in a frame, used mostly in windows or doors to allow in fresh air while excluding insects. -- Screen door, a door of which half or more is composed of a screen. -- Screen window, a screen inside a frame, fitted for insertion into a window frame.

  2. Screennoun

    The surface of an electronic device, as a television set or computer monitor, on which a visible image is formed. The screen is frequently the surface of a cathode-ray tube containing phosphors excited by the electron beam, but other methods for causing an image to appear on the screen are also used, as in flat-panel displays.

  3. Screennoun

    The motion-picture industry; motion pictures.

  4. Screenverb

    to examine a group of objects methodically, to separate them into groups or to select one or more for some purpose. As: (a) To inspect the qualifications of candidates for a job, to select one or more to be hired. (b) (Biochem., Med.) to test a large number of samples, in order to find those having specific desirable properties; as, to screen plant extracts for anticancer agents.


  1. screennoun

    A physical divider intended to block an area from view.

  2. screennoun

    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. screennoun

    The informational viewing area of electronic output devices; the result of the output.

  4. screennoun

    The viewing area of a movie, or moving picture or slide presentation

  5. screennoun

    An offensive tactic in which a player stands so as to block a defender from reaching a teammate.

  6. screennoun

    The protective netting which protects the audience from flying objects

    Jones caught the foul up against the screen.

  7. screennoun

    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. screennoun

    A stencil upon a framed mesh through which paint is forced onto printed-on material; the frame with the mesh itself.

  9. screennoun

    A collection of less-valuable vessels that travel with a more valuable one for the latter's protection.

  10. screenverb

    To filter by passing through a screen.

    Mary screened the beans to remove the clumps of gravel.

  11. screenverb

    To remove information, or censor intellectual material from viewing

    The news report was screened because it accused the politician of wrongdoing.

  12. screenverb

    To present publicly (on the screen).

    The news report will be screened at 11:00 tonight.

  13. screenverb

    To fit with a screen.

    We need to screen this porch. These bugs are driving me crazy.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Screennoun

    Etymology: escran, French.

    Now near enough: your leavy screens throw down,
    And show like those you are. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Some ambitious men seem as screens to princes in matters of danger and envy. Francis Bacon.

    Our people, who transport themselves, are settled in those interjacent tracts, as a screen against the insults of the savages. Jonathan Swift.

    My juniors by a year,
    Who wisely thought my age a screen,
    When death approach’d, to stand between,
    The screen remov’d, their hearts are trembling. Jonathan Swift.

    When there is a screen between the candle and the eye, yet the light passeth to the paper whereon one writeth. Francis Bacon.

    One speaks the glory of the British queen,
    And one describes a charming Indian screen. Alexander Pope.

    Ladies make their old cloaths into patchwork for screens and stools. Jonathan Swift.

  2. To Screenverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Back’d with a ridge of hills,
    That screen’d the fruits of th’ earth and seats of men,
    From cold Septentrion blasts. John Milton, Par. Regain’d.

    A good magistrate’s retinue of state screens him from the dangers, which he is to incur for the sake of it. Francis Atterbury.

    This gentle deed shall fairly be set foremost,
    To screen the wild escapes of lawless passion. Nicholas Rowe.

    Let the cases be filled with natural earth, taken the first half spit, from just under the turf of the best pasture ground, mixed with one part of very mellow soil screened. John Evelyn.



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Webster Dictionary

  1. Screennoun

    anything that separates or cuts off inconvenience, injury, or danger; that which shelters or conceals from view; a shield or protection; as, a fire screen

  2. Screennoun

    a dwarf wall or partition carried up to a certain height for separation and protection, as in a church, to separate the aisle from the choir, or the like

  3. Screennoun

    a surface, as that afforded by a curtain, sheet, wall, etc., upon which an image, as a picture, is thrown by a magic lantern, solar microscope, etc

  4. Screennoun

    a long, coarse riddle or sieve, sometimes a revolving perforated cylinder, used to separate the coarser from the finer parts, as of coal, sand, gravel, and the like

  5. Screenverb

    to provide with a shelter or means of concealment; to separate or cut off from inconvenience, injury, or danger; to shelter; to protect; to protect by hiding; to conceal; as, fruits screened from cold winds by a forest or hill

  6. Screenverb

    to pass, as coal, gravel, ashes, etc., through a screen in order to separate the coarse from the fine, or the worthless from the valuable; to sift

  7. Etymology: [OE. scren, OF. escrein, escran, F. cran, of uncertain origin; cf. G. schirm a screen, OHG. scirm, scerm a protection, shield, or G. schragen a trestle, a stack of wood, or G. schranne a railing.]


  1. Screen

    Screen is a journal of film and television studies based at the John Logie Baird Centre at the University of Glasgow and published by Oxford University Press. It is co-edited by John Caughie, Alan Durant, Simon Frith, Sandra Kemp, Norman King, and Annette Kuhn.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Screen

    skrēn, n. that which shelters from danger or observation, that which protects from heat, cold, or the sun: (Scot.) a large scarf: an enclosure or partition of wood, stone, or metal work, common in churches, shutting off chapels from the nave, separating the nave from the choir, &c.: a coarse riddle for sifting coal, &c.—v.t. to shelter or conceal: to pass through a coarse riddle.—n. Screen′ing-machine′, an apparatus for sifting coal.—n.pl. Screen′ings, the refuse matter after sifting. [O. Fr. escren (Fr. écran), from Old High Ger. scranna, a court; Ger. schranne, a bench.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. screen

    [Atari ST demoscene] One demoeffect or one screenful of them. Probably comes from old Sierra-style adventures or shoot-em-ups where one travels from one place to another one screenful at a time.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. screen

    1. An arrangement of ships, aircraft and/or submarines to protect a main body or convoy. 2. In cartography, a sheet of transparent film, glass, or plastic carrying a


  1. Screen

    Screen Inc. developed one of the top-rated neuropsychological tests in the U.S. - the Computer-Administered Neuropsychological Screen for Mild Cognitive Impairment (CANS-MCI).Development took over 7 years before the tests became commercially available due to an extensive evaluation of doctors’ needs, the special needs of geriatric patients, the capabilities of computers when used by computer illiterate patients, and the most rigorous possible test validation procedures.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Screen is ranked #31412 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Screen surname appeared 737 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Screen.

    54.2% or 400 total occurrences were Black.
    40.8% or 301 total occurrences were White.
    3.2% or 24 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.2% or 9 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Screen' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2178

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Screen' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2585

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Screen' in Nouns Frequency: #821

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Screen' in Verbs Frequency: #1052

Anagrams for Screen »

  1. censer

  2. scener

  3. scerne

  4. secern

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Screen in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Screen in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Screen in a Sentence

  1. Dennis Dick:

    You can buy a stock like Amazon, you can buy a stock like Apple, and you know what you got, bitcoin you really just have digits on a screen and you’re really hoping that the guy behind you sees it as being worth more than what you just paid for it, so it’s a purely speculative view.

  2. Kevin Cramer:

    I've always said, I screen several times a week and test when necessary and will let people know if I test positive for Covid, i've tested negative as recently as this week, not that it's anybody's business.

  3. Christopher Nolan:

    They’ve got some of the top filmmakers in the world, they’ve got some of the biggest stars in the world who worked for years in some cases on these projects very close to their hearts that are meant to be big-screen experiences, and now they’re being used as a loss-leader for the streaming service - for the fledgling streaming service - without any consultation.

  4. Alamo Drafthouse:

    It’s always been a dream to show the original ‘Star Wars’ trilogy again — somehow, someway, seeing the original trilogy on the big screen for the first time is a real life-altering event and just a supreme amount of fun. When the films became available to book for screenings like these, we jumped at the chance to do something big.

  5. Justin Timberlake:

    Sadly, there are millions of kids who will never experience that movie magic. They are refugees who just by geographical happenstance are missing out on what we all take for granted, the ability to laugh, cry, be inspired and escape through the images projected on a screen.

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