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  • 1A fixed or movable upright partition used to divide a room, give shelter from drafts, heat, or light, or to provide concealment or privacy.

    ‘a room with a red carpet and screens with elaborate decoration’
    • ‘One way to improve the function of the room is to use room dividers; Japanese screens will allow the light to filter through and will provide a bright, clean look.’
    • ‘A furry black and white head emerged from behind one of the room's many Oriental screens.’
    • ‘There was no curtain or a screen to divide the men and women at the prayer.’
    • ‘Freestanding room screens or dividers that have slots or elastic lacing for photos.’
    • ‘Fences, privacy screens and landscaping can all complement the home design to ensure privacy.’
    • ‘And if at all the sun occasionally peeps out of the clouds, there will be large screens to provide shade to the plants.’
    • ‘Witnesses who were deemed to be vulnerable would be allowed to give evidence from behind a screen or from a room outside the court via video link.’
    • ‘The money is offered to pay for the improvement of seating accommodation in the waiting room, and to provide lockers and screens for use in wards and consulting rooms.’
    • ‘He stepped from behind the screen, dressed in light, silky green robes and soft doeskin breeches.’
    • ‘He wiggled his eyebrows causing a wave of rapid giggling from behind the screen of her room.’
    • ‘The room was perfunctory, with a bed and wardrobe, and behind a privacy screen lay a simple bathroom.’
    • ‘Sun and privacy shading is provided by textile screens which add to the general gaiety and variety of the composition.’
    • ‘There are no screens dividing the space so if JJ wants me he just calls down the office to me.’
    • ‘Fretted screens diffuse the light, and wooden doors and panels are delicately carved.’
    • ‘The whole process took place behind a specially-erected screen to ensure privacy out of respect for those whose remains were being re-interred.’
    • ‘Undercover officers were sent in to gather information, and they gave evidence in court from behind screens to protect their identities.’
    • ‘Behind the screen was an X-ray machine, a table and three security guards - two male, one female - in dark green uniforms.’
    • ‘In the Philippines they have lovely screens to protect you from the glare.’
    • ‘During the trial, two undercover police officers gave evidence from behind a screen to protect their identities.’
    • ‘A cardboard screen was used to prevent the subjects from seeing which hand was selected.’
    partition, divider, room divider, dividing wall, separator, curtain, arras, blind, awning, shade, shutter, canopy, windbreak
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    1. 1.1A thing providing concealment or protection.
      ‘his jeep was discreetly parked behind a screen of trees’
      • ‘the article is using science as a screen for unexamined prejudice’
      • ‘The bus company will also make sure drivers are protected behind security screens.’
      • ‘First, hiding a suburban-like caravan park behind a tree screen would do little to alter the character of the land use itself.’
      • ‘So many visitors have tried to touch them that they are now protected behind a perspex screen.’
      • ‘The books are lovingly maintained, and kept on shelves behind a protective screen.’
      • ‘Li said antiradiation protection screens and glasses are not very effective.’
      • ‘Sixty or so feet away, a couple of cow elk stepped from behind a screen of small trees.’
      • ‘A three-man gang fired at a security screen protecting a post office after first trying to smash their way in using a pole.’
      • ‘Radiographers wear a lead apron or go behind a protective screen to avoid repeated exposure to x-rays.’
      • ‘The excavations are concealed by a screen of trees.’
      • ‘The workers say they need to keep the screens for protection against people who are so desperate they lash out.’
      • ‘An unsurfaced path, like a forestry track, cut away from the road behind a screen of trees to a large parking area.’
      • ‘His opponent entered from the other side of the arena, hidden from Iam's view by a thick screen of trees.’
      • ‘Thousands of workers in benefit offices and jobcentres are to stage a two-day strike next week in a dispute over the removal of security screens.’
      • ‘The picture garden tends to cut off the world, to make rooms to be enclosed by screens of trees.’
      • ‘One was holding a sledge hammer and began hitting the security screen while another tried to smash an internal door.’
      • ‘Perspex screens now protect some murals against touching and graffiti; flash photography is prohibited.’
      • ‘The freshman point guard went straight behind a second screen to find some room deep in the right corner.’
      • ‘Usually when one has failed miserably, the other has been on hand to save the family's blushes and provide a useful screen for the other to hide behind.’
      • ‘Are certain procedures in danger of becoming, in effect, screens of confidentiality to prevent cases discussed thereunder from being aired in public?’
      • ‘He has to be bumped away from the ball, prevented from coming off screens, and forced to get to his position late.’
      buffer, protection, shield, shelter, guard, safeguard
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    2. 1.2Architecture often with modifier A partition of carved wood or stone separating the nave of a church from the chancel, choir, or sanctuary.
      See also rood screen
      ‘the chancel screen retains two sections of the original oak arcading’
      • ‘Most exceptional is the stone-vaulted chancel with its stone chancel screen with three tall and narrow openings.’
      • ‘A wrought-iron screen dividing the chancel and the nave impresses beyond words.’
      • ‘Rupert's account of his vision was written about 1125, before the widespread use of solid choir screens to partition space.’
      • ‘While they may not have been such strict barricades as has often been supposed, choir screens were highly potent in their role as mystifying enclosures.’
      • ‘I should like to stress that in no way would the images on French and German choir screens have communicated only with or been appreciated only by lay viewers.’
    3. 1.3A frame with fine wire netting used in a window or doorway to keep out mosquitoes and other flying insects.
      as modifier ‘a screen door’
      • ‘If you travel to an area of the world that has a high risk for malaria, you can also install window screens, use insect repellents, and place mosquito netting over beds.’
      • ‘Make sure that insect screens on doors and windows are in good order, and fit rubber strips on the bottom of doors to seal gaps.’
      • ‘They are strongly attracted to artificial light and will come in through window screens if not a fine mesh.’
      • ‘Make sure that door and window screens fit tightly and have no holes that may allow mosquitoes indoors.’
      • ‘Homes fitted with mosquito screens can also help keep the insect at bay.’
      • ‘Window screens are designed to keep insects out, but because they are not strong enough to keep children inside, they will not prevent falls from windows.’
      • ‘New medical knowledge, mosquito eradication, and window screens transformed the sleeping experience for only a generation or two.’
      • ‘And where appropriate, consider nonchemical ways to deter biting insects such as screens, netting, long-sleeves and slacks.’
      • ‘The homes are suitable for either a concrete slab or timber floor construction and all homes are fully insulated with insect screens as a standard inclusion.’
      • ‘Luckily we eventually moved to Army housing and our home had built in screens on the windows.’
      • ‘Many houses along the marshland do not have window screens and have large gaps in the floor and ceiling.’
      • ‘At one point the family thought it was snowing as white insulation was ripped from under the eaves and got caught in the fly screen over the windows.’
      • ‘I have screens and double windows with tight-fitting sashes in my attic office.’
      • ‘The windows had no screens, and I thought of jumping out.’
      • ‘If there are no screens, shut the windows and doors at sunset.’
      • ‘When he reached out a hand to tap on the frame, the screen slid open.’
      • ‘I quietly took the screen off my already-open window and jumped out, down about ten feet to the ground.’
      • ‘An outdoor room with a freestanding fireplace - and screens for protection against insects - can be used nine months of the year.’
      • ‘We're about to eat, " her mother called through the screen door.’
      • ‘I climbed the porch steps we had painted and tapped the screen door conscientiously.’
      mesh, net, netting
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    4. 1.4A part of an electrical or other instrument that protects it or prevents it from causing electromagnetic interference.
    5. 1.5Electronics A grid placed between the control grid and the anode of a valve to reduce the capacitance between these electrodes.
    6. 1.6(in basketball, American football, and ice hockey) an act of obstructing or blocking an opponent or their view of play.
  • 2A flat panel or area on an electronic device such as a television, computer, or smartphone, on which images and data are displayed.

    ‘a television screen’
    • ‘All you need is a device called a colorimeter, which attaches to your screen and adjusts your monitor automatically to display the correct hues.’
    • ‘The insulator structure may also enhance the focus of electrons emitted by the field emitter device on the display screen.’
    • ‘Since portable devices have small screens, much less data is required to achieve full-screen quality for video.’
    • ‘Keep an eye on resolution: Many LCD screens do not display a true high-definition image.’
    • ‘Pressing the display button for over a second increases the light behind the LCD screen.’
    • ‘I went into the darkened drawing room and sat watching the flickering of light on the TV screen.’
    • ‘Hardly a month goes by without another fictional TV series about forensic science appearing on our screens.’
    • ‘The center can monitor virtually every square foot of the Pacific Rim, and the screens were covered with icons representing aircraft and ships operating in the area.’
    • ‘The cursor is like your hand, the mouse is like part of the brain… it transforms movement of the mouse into movement on the screen.’
    • ‘All was as normal, but for the giant TV screen right by the departure board, beaming the latest BBC news.’
    • ‘When customers are finished browsing and indicate that they're ready to buy, an iChoose window appears on their screens.’
    • ‘A satellite in Earth orbit charted his progress on a full-color street grid displayed on the screen of his cell phone.’
    • ‘Milon very nearly threw the remote control at the TV screen.’
    • ‘There was nothing, then an unidentified aircraft appeared on the controllers' radar screens.’
    • ‘The signal appears on a screen in the control centre which can send assistance immediately as it knows the exact location of the vehicle.’
    • ‘Maybe you're a noisy, active gamer who yells at the screen and bangs his controller in frustration when he loses.’
    • ‘The picture on the 1.5in screen is surprisingly sharp, although it flickers when you walk.’
    • ‘That said, the company has a long tradition of electronic excellence, and is impossible to ignore when it comes to flat screens.’
    • ‘The company's flat screens come with optional speakers and have a good three-year on-site parts and labour warranty.’
    • ‘Open it another way, and a 2.8-inch touch screen appears.’
    display, monitor, visual display unit, VDU, cathode-ray tube, CRT
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    1. 2.1A blank surface on which a movie or photographic image is projected.
      ‘the world's largest movie screen’
      • ‘These days, cinema screens are mostly filled with sappy King stories about human drama.’
      • ‘According to TV star, plans are in place for a sequel to the movie, which hit cinema screens at the peak of the show's success.’
      • ‘He also commented that the films were made for giant IMAX cinemas, whose screens have surfaces of hundreds of square metres.’
      • ‘The film is a sell-out at the festival but hits cinema screens in November - as one of autumn's must-see movies.’
      • ‘We had two hand held 8mm projectors, and we used them to project images on the screen or onto people in the audience.’
      • ‘I mean, every country can do movies which fill the screen, but Americans do it more often.’
      • ‘This film proves that this topic is worthy of movie screens, as do some other excellent examples of seniors cinema.’
      • ‘She also wastes no time in espousing her political views, by way of quotes from the likes of Einstein, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr, projected onto screens.’
      • ‘As a small boy he and his cohorts staged mock hold-ups and shoot'em outs and sat enthralled as the adventures of their heroes played out on the silver movie screens.’
      • ‘The scene winds up with the close-up of the milk in the glass, coming toward the camera, filling the screen and turning it white.’
      • ‘In the first two decades after the creation of the Irish Republic in 1921, Irish nationalism rarely featured on British cinema screens.’
      • ‘The house has a home cinema with a huge screen and hundreds of movies to choose from.’
      • ‘The district contains twenty or thirty of these: little cinemas with one or two screens showing arthouse movies.’
      • ‘The school employs zoned lighting, to improve visibility and readability of chalkboards, white boards or projector screens.’
      • ‘The only safe way to observe it would be to use a telescope to project the image of the sun on to a white screen and then look at it.’
      • ‘Mr Morris's long-term aim is to update the cinema from a single screen to three screens and to provide a cafe.’
      • ‘He hit a button on his podium, and the huge screen behind him lit up, and began to show a recording of the interrogation.’
      • ‘Hidden projectors cast an image of a watering hole onto a screen behind the trees, which gives the scene depth and realism.’
      • ‘With films like this on our screens and Asian music hitting the mainstream charts, it is no wonder that British audiences are crying out for more Indian culture in their theatres.’
      • ‘The latest multiplex with five screens and a seating capacity of 1103 has opened its doors to Bangaloreans at the Garuda Mall.’
    2. 2.2Movies or television as a medium, genre, or industry.
      ‘she's a star of the stage as well as the screen’
      • ‘he is interviewed on screen’
      • ‘This film was the screen debut for both Hauer and costar Monique Van de Ven.’
      • ‘In The Stunt Man, one of the greatest actors the screen has ever known gives one of his greatest performances.’
      • ‘If there is any silver lining to these films it's the screen presence of the late N!’
      • ‘It bears mentioning that Poolhall Junkies was the last film appearance for screen legend Rod Steiger.’
      • ‘Midway through the movie, Haskell and Mark appear on screen filming each other.’
      • ‘From Hollywood, he created depictions of the screen stars Charlie Chaplin and Fred and Ginger.’
      • ‘I suppose it has something to do with the nice, regular guy quality he exudes on screen, but he's not really a very good actor.’
      • ‘The turning point of his career was the year 1993, when he saw an IMAX giant screen film for the first time in Washington.’
      • ‘Rogers' film success sprang from allowing the actors on screen to improvise many of their lines.’
      • ‘Both actors are stronger on screen together than individually, playing off each other very well.’
      • ‘Whatever a film director may do, the actors on screen and the spectators in the cinema are obligated to remain apart.’
      • ‘Most of the characters you play on screen are pretty intense and also pretty miserable.’
      • ‘Many film texts evolve as original works written directly for the screen.’
      • ‘He has that star quality that allows certain actors to light up the screen.’
      • ‘The director lights up the screen with genuine emotions, minus sentimentality.’
      • ‘Depardieu has been in a few American titles that have been funny, though nothing that rocked the silver screens enough to gain a long-term following.’
      • ‘Izzard has a definite screen presence; one day the right script and director are going to make him a real movie star.’
      • ‘Sarah makes it clear she's very different to her screen alter ego.’
      • ‘When fall hits, the big screens are suddenly filled with a myriad of films.’
      • ‘Can you enjoy reading the source book after seeing the screen adaptation?’
    3. 2.3The data or images displayed on a computer screen.
      ‘pressing the F1 key at any time will display a help screen’
      • ‘Instead you're usually left calling for a screen instead of the computer recognizing the situation.’
      • ‘This program allows users to move smoothly and quickly between databases instead of struggling through a mass of windows and screens on the OR computer.’
      • ‘The fact that they're protected behind a login screen will either turn the causal browser away or leave them wondering what's being hidden.’
      • ‘This was an era of green computer screens, when it took 18 key strokes just to get to the main screen.’
      • ‘The main screen looks quite good and is operated by means of the function keys.’
      • ‘I've missed pressing publish and see the publish status screen show up, instead of a pop up error message saying the operation has timed out.’
      • ‘Although how they would fit a preview screen on a camera the size of a matchbox, I don't know!’
      • ‘Thirty years ago, strategy games were screens of text instructions and a prompt where you could type a weather forecast.’
      • ‘Then the subject was asked to press a function key that replaced the welcoming screen with some instructions.’
      • ‘The console hummed with power and the holographic interface screens popped up all around her, information being processed.’
      • ‘One thing did stop him: The final screen, presenting his ballot in overview, highlighted a missed entry in red.’
      • ‘The procedures could be planned on the navigation screen allowing the optimal size and position to be precisely determined.’
      • ‘While searching through the five different menu screens, look out for figures entertaining you each in their own unique way.’
      • ‘She started flipping through the different screens of data, until she stopped on the one with the array.’
      • ‘As I do on the start of any new game, the first place I checked was the options screen.’
      • ‘There is no way you should have been able to access that screen.’
    4. 2.4Photography A flat piece of ground glass on which the image formed by a camera lens is focused.
  • 3Printing
    A transparent, finely ruled plate or film used in halftone reproduction.

    ‘The halftone screen used to create the greys for the text was terrible, and you could see dots with the naked eye.’
    • ‘Screenprints are almost invariably coloured, a different screen generally being used successively for each colour.’
  • 4Military
    A detachment of troops or ships detailed to cover the movements of the main body.

    ‘HMS Prince Leopold and HMS Prince Charles sailed for Shetland with a screen of four destroyers’
    • ‘The most effective tactics are to engage the enemy with fighting patrols and screens of infantry and armour that can they withdraw into the city after causing casualties to the enemy.’
    • ‘There was to be a coastal ‘crust’ that was to consist of a thin screen of infantry deployed along the beaches.’
    • ‘In the 17th century, the musketeer and his relatively sophisticated weapon was protected from being ridden down by cavalry by protective screens of pikemen.’
    • ‘Destroyers of the escort screen raced out and drove the U-boats off.’
    • ‘She could see the two wedges the support ships were making for the Capitol ships - a defensive screen.’
  • 5A large sieve or riddle, especially one for sorting substances such as grain or coal into different sizes.

    ‘the material retained on each sieve screen is weighed in turn’
    • ‘Processed Black tea leaves are sorted into different sizes by passing them over screens with different size holes.’
    • ‘Sample residues were washed, dried, and sieved through 0.125 mm screens.’
    • ‘While I have used commercial bonsai soils, the best tool purchase I ever made was a set of soil sieving screens.’
    • ‘While most of the other mining areas of the country employed an exclusively male workforce, the Lancashire coalfield was one of several areas which had a tradition of employing women on the pithead coal screens.’
    • ‘Due to their small size, however, they may be underrepresented at archaeological sites investigated without the use of fine mesh screens.’
    • ‘It uses a frame supporting a screen that strains and filters the pulp fibers in an even layer to form a sheet of paper.’
    sieve, riddle, sifter, strainer, colander, filter, winnow
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/skrēn/ /skrin/

transitive verb

[with object]
  • 1Conceal, protect, or shelter (someone or something) with a screen or something forming a screen.

    ‘her hair swung across to screen her face’
    • ‘a high hedge screened all of the front from passersby’
    • ‘He now hopes to plant another 450 metres of hedge at Hob Moor to replace deteriorating hedges and to screen other ugly boundaries.’
    • ‘Another option is move the path to the school's eastern boundary and build a high fence, wall or hedge to screen the school.’
    • ‘A Yew hedge screens the paved area at the back door which leads to a herb garden.’
    • ‘In the past visitors would wander down her hillside beckoned by a view of Mount Hood; now the hedge screens the alluring meadow and guides them to the front door.’
    • ‘To the west a tree lined hedge screens the site from Stantyway Road, which passes the site in a shallow cutting with tree lined hedges on the banks on both sides.’
    • ‘Throughout the scheme, tiers of steps leading into the sunken areas provide informal seating and car parking is screened by hedges of dark cypresses.’
    • ‘The front garden is screened from the road with high mature hedging while the gravel driveway has space for several cars.’
    • ‘Trees provide shade, help shelter us from wind, and may screen undesirable views or enhance beautiful vistas.’
    • ‘A sliding ‘shade,’ which screens the front of the house, is made from the same material.’
    • ‘We carefully considered the residents and offered to screen the stables with a hawthorn hedge but if necessary we will remove it.’
    • ‘For example when we lived in Pennsylvania our front yard screened us from the road with 10 feet tall evergreens.’
    • ‘The front yard of their corner lot is screened only by plantings and a sheltered seating area.’
    • ‘After lunch, I took a short walk along the path, and stopped behind a gorse bush, both for shelter from a cool wind, and to screen me from the birds.’
    • ‘John has been able to create a sense of being in the bush while also screening the home from the road and passing traffic.’
    • ‘The planners pointed out that the site is well screened from an existing housing estate and from the Ross Road.’
    • ‘Trees can improve protection by obscuring assets and people, but they also screen perpetrators from view.’
    • ‘A large formal garden is screened front and rear with mature hedges.’
    • ‘The entire site is screened by good-sized trees and hedgerows, giving shelter.’
    • ‘The plastics recycling company is fairly well, although not completely screened with mature trees.’
    • ‘The white rice paper shades allow enough light in so that the rooms can primarily be lit with natural light, but the view from the windows is completely screened.’
    conceal, hide, mask, shield, shelter, shade, protect, guard, safeguard, veil, cloak, camouflage, disguise
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    1. 1.1screen something offSeparate something from something else with or as if with a screen.
      ‘an area had been screened off as a waiting room’
      • ‘An oval meeting area at the entry can be screened off by a sheer curtain and by pivoting millwork elements for displaying candy.’
      • ‘In older parts of town, the canals are screened off from yards and businesses by the equally impenetrable walls of giant oleanders.’
      • ‘St George's Market appeared deserted: half of it was screened off, and of the remaining space only a quarter was filled by booths from the washroom industry.’
      • ‘The offices are screened off with translucent striated plastic partitioning, so the activities of staff become like shadow-plays under the fluorescent strip-lighting.’
      • ‘The existing stone walls have been screened off to a height of three and a half metres, and the central dividing walls have been removed.’
      • ‘All the aquaria were screened off from each other.’
      • ‘The head of the hole is screened off from the fjord, and it is almost as if we were on a little mountain lake.’
      • ‘In a few more weeks' time, this feat won't be possible - the vegetable garden will be screened off by spring foliage as it was in Victorian times.’
      • ‘In quantum mechanics, there are correlated effects that are believed to have no common cause that screens them off.’
      • ‘Branches, taken off nearby trees, were interwoven into the barbed wire to screen it off from the camp's other section.’
      partition off, divide off, separate off, curtain off
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    2. 1.2Protect (someone) from something dangerous or unpleasant.
      ‘in my country a man of my rank would be screened completely from any risk of attack’
      • ‘They had to be whisked in by a back entrance, completely screened from the workers protesting outside.’
      • ‘National Guard soldiers manned the checkpoint at the corner, screening traders on their way to work.’
    3. 1.3Prevent from causing or protect from electromagnetic interference.
      ‘ensure that your microphone leads are properly screened from hum pickup’
      • ‘To examine reception quality, a researcher made a call and then walked into a room screened to prevent cellphone signals penetrating its walls or bouncing around inside.’
    4. 1.4(in basketball, American football, and ice hockey) obstruct or block (an opponent or their view of play).
  • 2Show (a movie or video) or broadcast (a television program)

    ‘the show is to be screened by HBO later this year’
    • ‘The amateur video has been widely screened on television news bulletins around the world.’
    • ‘Dad asked Mom if any films had been screened yet on television.’
    • ‘A TV viewer recently wrote a letter to a newspaper complaining about the films screened by a private television station during the school holidays.’
    • ‘AN 11-years-old Sligo boy takes on a skateboard challenge in a new television programme to be screened tomorrow, Wednesday.’
    • ‘One of the ads to be screened on prime time television shows a busy high street where adults of all ages are hugging each other, lamp posts, and everything else they can lay their hands on.’
    • ‘It was a dream come true when 5 films of Chabrol were screened in Bangkok this year.’
    • ‘Now American commercials can be screened on Australian television.’
    • ‘The race will also be screened on satellite television as part of the service provided by the dedicated racing channel that was launched earlier this year.’
    • ‘The films were screened in cinemas across the city and at community meetings.’
    • ‘If England and/or Ireland qualify for the semi-finals, both broadcasters would screen both matches live.’
    • ‘The film is screened in a 35 mm format and is not an IMAX, large format or a 3D presentation.’
    • ‘It really breaks our heart to have to turn people away, but we have limited facilities and can only screen so many films.’
    • ‘Inaugurated by the Malayalam filmmaker Mohan on January 25, the festival screens 13 films by the master.’
    • ‘Who would have thought that the second world war Home Guard sitcom, first screened by the BBC in 1968, would still be relevant?’
    • ‘Set to hit theatres across the country this Friday, the film was screened at Mahadev Road Auditorium in New Delhi on Tuesday evening.’
    • ‘We should be free to screen films which people like and which protect our sector.’
    • ‘The first series was screened in 1994 as people of all races voted together for the first time and elected Nelson Mandela president.’
    • ‘The ABC network which screens the show has no plans to change the questions - 30 million viewers watch each night.’
    • ‘Next year will be the last time the BBC screens the race.’
    • ‘He made his call on a BBC1 crime special - Armed and Dangerous - which was screened at 9pm last night.’
    show, present, air, broadcast, transmit, televise, put out, put on the air, telecast, relay
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  • 3Test (a person or substance) for the presence or absence of a disease or contaminant.

    ‘outpatients were screened for cervical cancer’
    • ‘Subjects were recruited prenatally by screening parents using skin testing and questionnaires regarding allergic diseases.’
    • ‘These patients were all screened for the presence of underlying thrombophilia using the same tests as those performed in the study patients.’
    • ‘There are very few silent diseases that can be effectively screened for with blood tests - such as diabetes.’
    • ‘After oviposition, the parent females were screened for the presence of virus by fluorescent antibody technique as mentioned below.’
    • ‘Prostate cancer is extremely common; depending upon how carefully older men are screened for the disease.’
    • ‘During an early prenatal visit, most pregnant women are given a blood test to screen for syphilis.’
    • ‘One year earlier, the patient had had a respiratory arrest from asthma; she was not screened for illicit drug use at that time.’
    • ‘It is not clear that using family history to screen for cardiovascular disease is useful in children.’
    • ‘Perioperative nurses should screen all patients for herbal medication use.’
    • ‘Patients also should be screened for alcohol and substance abuse.’
    • ‘In most Western countries, national health guidelines encourage general practitioners to screen elderly people for hearing loss.’
    • ‘A physical therapist screens the patient for orthopedic limitations before performing strength training.’
    • ‘The investigators conclude that anyone diagnosed with osteoporosis should be screened for celiac disease.’
    • ‘Should all Rh D-negative women be screened for excessive fetomaternal hemorrhage after delivery of an Rh D-positive infant?’
    • ‘Animal shelters could make it standard to screen dogs entering shelters for these purposes.’
    • ‘Invariably, when your ophthalmologist screens your eyes and diagnoses you with one of these problems, you are left worried and unconvinced about the implications.’
    • ‘What you believed all along to be certified and protected blood, may not have been screened completely.’
    • ‘Its iron clad links to Big Pharma and taxpayer funded agencies intent on screening the entire American population for mental illness are terribly dangerous.’
    • ‘Donated blood and organs should be screened to prevent transmission of West Nile virus, federal officials say.’
    • ‘Women who are properly screened should not die from cervical cancer.’
    1. 3.1Check on or investigate (someone), typically to ascertain whether they are suitable for or can be trusted in a particular situation or job.
      ‘all prospective presidential candidates would have to be screened by the committee’
      • ‘There have been pilot programs to screen passengers and check luggage at two Amtrak stations.’
      • ‘The selection committee is responsible for screening the candidates and for ensuring that mentors and mentees are matched according to profile and career.’
      • ‘To achieve this, the congregation's president appointed a committee of eight to screen candidates.’
      • ‘He is currently in Trinidad screening potential clients to see whether there is a market for the drug, both cosmetically and neurologically.’
      • ‘You have to screen new people based on whether they have the right profile to do that.’
      • ‘When you open an options account, the broker will screen you for suitability and hand you several information pamphlets.’
      • ‘Sunday school teachers, choir leaders and other volunteers will be screened to ensure they are safe to work with children.’
      • ‘The venue was ready with the mandatory perimeter separating spectators from the VVIP who would be on a high rise dais and everyone was checked and screened.’
      • ‘The teams' investigation reports would be used by the House to screen the 10 candidates on Monday and Tuesday.’
      • ‘Ms Kofi explained that the applications will first have to be screened by the tourism committee and later put in a gazette notice for a month before approval.’
      • ‘According to Bradley, the drivers, who work part-time, are fully screened and identity documents fully checked.’
      • ‘An unusual observation is that patients screened and considered suitable for inclusion in a trial fared slightly better if they refused to participate than did those who enrolled.’
      • ‘Volunteers are comprehensively trained and screened before being matched with a suitable family or parent.’
      • ‘Some areas have setup road blocks to screen travelers coming in.’
      • ‘If shelters and rescue groups do not screen their adopters and do counseling, they are no different from pet stores.’
      • ‘Licensure is designated as a way to protect the public by screening individuals who may cause harm and disciplining those who have inflicted harm.’
      • ‘His experience has changed and personalized his work screening contestants.’
      • ‘The Coast Guard screened maritime workers for loyalty, and blacklisted and drove hundreds off the ships and docks.’
      • ‘It appeared the family had never been properly screened by the DIB, which was alarming given that its activities were supposedly well monitored, he added.’
      • ‘The majority of identity thefts occur thru contractors employing people in entry-level jobs that have not been properly screened.’
      vet, check, check up on, check out, evaluate, assess, scrutinize, test
      check, test, examine, investigate, scan
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    2. 3.2Evaluate or analyze (something) for its suitability for a particular purpose or application.
      ‘only one percent of rainforest plants have been screened for medical use’
      • ‘Prior to analysis, the variables were screened for assumptions of statistical analysis.’
      • ‘These mutants were then screened for their ability to suppress other yme1 phenotypes, as well as for inherent collateral phenotypes.’
      • ‘The suo mutations were screened for their ability to restore growth of pex2 mutants on OA medium.’
      • ‘The resulting FOA R colonies were screened for temperature-sensitive growth.’
      • ‘Such a process is somewhat like screening a personal investment portfolio to determine whether the original rationale for investing in a stock is still operative.’
      • ‘I'd have to spend the next four months hiding from Devon, avoiding him like the plague, screening my calls.’
      • ‘I liked using McAffee SpamKiller because it screens spam on my home PC so it does not load my Inbox while traveling.’
      • ‘There is no reason why wire-tapping evidence could not be screened by an investigating judge, to make sure that the defence has everything it needs.’
      • ‘To some extent, I think events need to be screened properly before permission is granted to access the facility.’
      • ‘Such a list has existed, but it should be screened and pruned to ensure that the topics are suitable for student research.’
      • ‘Under the proposed agreement, we will sign away our right to screen most US investments in Australia.’
      • ‘She was able to screen more than 50 million seeds looking for possible hybrids and found in the end only two.’
    3. 3.3screen someone/something outExclude someone or something after evaluation or investigation.
      ‘anti-spam software can screen out large amounts of unwanted email’
      • ‘It was his belief that the Council's senior officials were appalled that the four other potential routes were screened out because of a plant.’
      • ‘That lead narrows as you screen out those who are most likely to vote.’
      • ‘Effective background investigations, however, will screen out the most serious threats.’
      • ‘They effectively play the role of parents, screening out anything that might not be suitable for the children.’
      • ‘None of these users would necessarily be screened out by a licensing system or a background check.’
      • ‘Of the complaints received, 1,892 were screened out because of the restrictions on investigation or because they fell outside the jurisdiction of the office.’
      • ‘I would not be pleased to see the sort of ads you're trying to screen out appear on my emails.’
      • ‘He realized that, unless he was somehow able to screen out the miscreants, he would be spending all his time policing the area.’
      • ‘The CIA says it is confident of being able to screen out unsavory or disloyal applicants.’
      • ‘It claims to be able to screen out people who are nervous or stressed from those that are lying.’
  • 4Pass (a substance such as grain or coal) through a large sieve or screen, especially so as to sort it into different sizes.

    ‘granulated asphalt—manufactured to 40 mm down or screened to 28 mm & 14 mm down’
    • ‘Mesh barriers or sieves can screen out anything larger than a certain size from incoming water.’
    • ‘Other material would be sorted, screened, shredded and baled.’
    • ‘Local materials may be used when dried and screened to meet required size and hardness and when determined to be free of grease or other impurities.’
    sieve, riddle, sift, strain, filter, sort, winnow
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  • 5Printing
    Project (a photograph or other image) through a transparent ruled plate so as to be able to reproduce it as a halftone.



/skrēn/ /skrin/


Middle English shortening of Old Northern French escren, of Germanic origin.