screen

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: screen

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partition consisting of a decorative frame or panel that serves to divide a space
prevent from entering
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a white or silvered surface where pictures can be projected for viewing
project onto a screen for viewing
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n
the personnel of the film industry
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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
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a strainer for separating lumps from powdered material or grading particles
separate with a riddle, as grain from chaff
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examine methodically
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: screen
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n partition consisting of a decorative frame or panel that serves to divide a space

Types:
altarpiece, reredos
a painted or carved screen placed above and behind an altar or communion table
purdah
a screen used in India to separate women from men or strangers
rood screen
a screen in a church; separates the nave from the choir or chancel
Type of:
divider, partition
a vertical structure that divides or separates (as a wall divides one room from another)

n a covering that serves to conceal or shelter something

“a screen of trees afforded privacy”
Synonyms:
concealment, cover, covert
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blind
a hiding place sometimes used by hunters (especially duck hunters)
camouflage
device or stratagem for concealment or deceit
shoji
a translucent screen made of a wooden frame covered with rice paper
stalking-horse
screen consisting of a figure of a horse behind which a hunter hides while stalking game
Type of:
covering
an artifact that covers something else (usually to protect or shelter or conceal it)

n a protective covering that keeps things out or hinders sight

Synonyms:
blind
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curtain, drape, drapery, mantle, pall
hanging cloth used as a blind (especially for a window)
shutter
a hinged blind for a window
window blind
a blind for privacy or to keep out light
blinder, blinker, winker
blind consisting of a leather eyepatch sewn to the side of the halter that prevents a horse from seeing something on either side
deadlight
a strong shutter over a ship's porthole that is closed in stormy weather
drop, drop cloth, drop curtain
a curtain that can be lowered and raised onto a stage from the flies; often used as background scenery
festoon
a curtain of fabric draped and bound at intervals to form graceful curves
frontal
a drapery that covers the front of an altar
jalousie
a shutter made of angled slats
portiere
a heavy curtain hung across a doorway
shower curtain
a curtain that keeps water from splashing out of the shower area
theater curtain, theatre curtain
a hanging cloth that conceals the stage from the view of the audience; rises or parts at the beginning and descends or closes between acts and at the end of a performance
Venetian blind
a window blind made of horizontal strips that overlap when closed
window shade
an opaque window blind that can cover or uncover a window
Type of:
protection, protective cover, protective covering
a covering that is intend to protect from damage or injury

v prevent from entering

Synonyms:
block out
Types:
shade
protect from light, heat, or view
Type of:
block, close up, impede, jam, obstruct, obturate, occlude
block passage through

v protect, hide, or conceal from danger or harm

Synonyms:
shield
Type of:
protect
shield from danger, injury, destruction, or damage
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n a white or silvered surface where pictures can be projected for viewing

Synonyms:
projection screen, silver screen
Types:
wide screen
a projection screen that is much wider than it is high
Type of:
surface
the outer boundary of an artifact or a material layer constituting or resembling such a boundary

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

Synonyms:
CRT screen
Types:
background, desktop, screen background
(computer science) the area of the screen in graphical user interfaces against which icons and windows appear
computer display, computer screen
a screen used to display the output of a computer to the user
touch screen, touchscreen
a computer display that enables the user to interact with the computer by touching areas on the screen
Type of:
display, video display
an electronic device that represents information in visual form

v project onto a screen for viewing

screen a film”
Type of:
show
make visible or noticeable
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n the personnel of the film industry

“a star of stage and screen
Synonyms:
filmdom, screenland
Type of:
film industry, movie industry
the entertainment industries involved in producing and distributing movies
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n 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”
Synonyms:
screen door
Type of:
door
a swinging or sliding barrier that will close the entrance to a room or building or vehicle

n 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”
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fire screen, fireguard
a metal screen before an open fire for protection (especially against flying sparks)
mosquito net
a fine net or screen (especially around beds) to protect against mosquitos
smoke screen, smokescreen
(military) screen consisting of a cloud of smoke that obscures movements
window screen
screen to keep insects from entering a building through the open window
windscreen, windshield
transparent screen (as of glass) to protect occupants of a vehicle
Type of:
protection, protective cover, protective covering
a covering that is intend to protect from damage or injury
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n a strainer for separating lumps from powdered material or grading particles

Synonyms:
sieve
Types:
riddle
a coarse sieve (as for gravel)
sifter
a household sieve (as for flour)
Type of:
strainer
a filter to retain larger pieces while smaller pieces and liquids pass through

v separate with a riddle, as grain from chaff

Synonyms:
riddle
Type of:
sieve, sift, strain
separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements
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v examine methodically

screen the suitcases”
Type of:
analyse, analyze, canvas, canvass, examine, study
consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning

v test or examine for the presence of disease or infection

screen the blood for the HIV virus”
Synonyms:
test
Type of:
check
make an examination or investigation

v examine in order to test suitability

screen these samples”
screen the job applicants”
Synonyms:
screen out, sieve, sort
Type of:
choose, pick out, select, take
pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives
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