screen1 W2S2 [skri:n] n
3¦(movable wall)¦
4¦(something that hides)¦
5¦(test for illness)¦
[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: escren, from Middle Dutch scherm]
the part of a television or computer where the picture or information appears
a computer with an 18-inch colour screen
He went on staring at the TV screen .
on (a) screen
Her picture appeared on the screen.
It's easy to change the text on screen before printing it.
2.) ¦(FILM)¦
the large white surface that pictures are shown on in a cinema
He was horrified at some of the images he saw on the screen.
b) [singular, U]
films in general
This is the first time the play has been adapted for the big screen (=films) .
a star of stage and screen (=the theatre and films)
on screen
his first appearance on screen
a well-known screen actor
a piece of furniture like a thin wall that can be moved around and is used to divide one part of a room from another
There was a screen around his bed.
something tall and wide that hides a place or thing
screen of
The house was hidden behind a screen of bushes.
b) [singular]
something that hides what someone is doing
screen for
The business was just a screen for his drug-dealing activities.
a medical test to see whether someone has an illness
American Equivalent: screening
The company is offering a free health screen to all employees.
a wire net fastened inside a frame in front of a window or door to keep insects out
7.) ¦(CHURCH)¦
a decorative wall in some churches
8.) ¦(SPORTS)¦
a player in a game such as ↑basketball who protects the player who has the ball
screen 2
screen2 v [T]
1¦(test for illness)¦
2¦(hide something)¦
4¦(test employees etc)¦
5¦(check things)¦
Phrasal verbs
 screen something<=>off
 screen something<=>out
to do tests on a lot of people to find out whether they have a particular illness
All women over 50 will be regularly screened.
screen sb for sth
It is now possible to screen babies for diabetes.
if something screens something else, it is in front of it and hides it
screen sth from sth
A line of trees screened the house from the road.
to show a film or television programme
The film is now being screened at cinemas around the country.
The match will be screened live on television.
to find out information about people in order to decide whether you can trust them
Police are very careful when screening politicians' bodyguards.
Applicants are screened for security.
to check things to see whether they are acceptable or suitable
You can use an answerphone to screen your phone calls before you answer them.
screen off [screen sth<=>off] phr v
to separate one part of a room from the rest by putting a thin temporary wall or a curtain across it
The back part of the room had been screened off.
screen out [screen sth<=>out] phr v
1.) to prevent something harmful from passing through
Sun lotions screen out damaging ultraviolet light.
2.) to remove people or things that are not acceptable or not suitable
An answering service can screen out nuisance calls.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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