Definitions of screen
  1. noun
    partition consisting of a decorative frame or panel that serves to divide a space
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    altarpiece, reredos
    a painted or carved screen placed above and behind an altar or communion table
    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
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    divider, partition
    a vertical structure that divides or separates (as a wall divides one room from another)
  2. noun
    a covering that serves to conceal or shelter something
    “a screen of trees afforded privacy”
    synonyms: concealment, cover, covert
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    a hiding place sometimes used by hunters (especially duck hunters)
    device or stratagem for concealment or deceit
    a translucent screen made of a wooden frame covered with rice paper
    screen consisting of a figure of a horse behind which a hunter hides while stalking game
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    an artifact that covers something else (usually to protect or shelter or conceal it)
  3. noun
    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)
    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
    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
    a curtain of fabric draped and bound at intervals to form graceful curves
    a drapery that covers the front of an altar
    a shutter made of angled slats
    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
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    protection, protective cover, protective covering
    a covering that is intend to protect from damage or injury
  4. verb
    prevent from entering
    synonyms: block out
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    protect from light, heat, or view
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    block, close up, impede, jam, obstruct, obturate, occlude
    block passage through
  5. verb
    protect, hide, or conceal from danger or harm
    synonyms: shield
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    protect, secure
    shield from danger, injury, destruction, or damage
  6. noun
    a white or silvered surface where pictures can be projected for viewing
    synonyms: projection screen, silver screen
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    wide screen
    a projection screen that is much wider than it is high
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    the outer boundary of an artifact or a material layer constituting or resembling such a boundary
  7. noun
    the display that is electronically created on the surface of the large end of a cathode-ray tube
    synonyms: CRT screen
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    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
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    display, video display
    an electronic device that represents information in visual form
  8. verb
    project onto a screen for viewing
    screen a film”
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    make visible or noticeable
  9. noun
    the personnel of the film industry
    “a star of stage and screen
    synonyms: filmdom, screenland
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    film industry, movie industry
    the entertainment industries involved in producing and distributing movies
  10. noun
    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
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    a swinging or sliding barrier that will close the entrance to a room or building or vehicle
  11. noun
    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
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    protection, protective cover, protective covering
    a covering that is intend to protect from damage or injury
  12. noun
    a strainer for separating lumps from powdered material or grading particles
    synonyms: sieve
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    a coarse sieve (as for gravel)
    a household sieve (as for flour)
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    a filter to retain larger pieces while smaller pieces and liquids pass through
  13. verb
    separate with a riddle, as grain from chaff
    synonyms: riddle
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    sieve, sift, strain
    separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements
  14. verb
    examine methodically
    screen the suitcases”
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    analyse, analyze, canvas, canvass, delve, examine, parse, study
    consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning
  15. verb
    test or examine for the presence of disease or infection
    screen the blood for the HIV virus”
    synonyms: test
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    make an examination or investigation
  16. verb
    examine in order to test suitability
    screen these samples”
    screen the job applicants”
    synonyms: screen out, sieve, sort
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    choose, pick out, select, take
    pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives
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