Meaning of SCREEN in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ skri:n ]

( screens, screening, screened)

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.


A screen is a flat vertical surface on which pictures or words are shown. Television sets and computers have screens, and films are shown on a screen in cinemas.


see also big screen , small screen , widescreen


You can refer to film or television as the screen .

Many viewers have strong opinions about violence on the screen...

She was the ideal American teenager, both on and off screen.

N-SING : the N , also on/off N


When a film or a television programme is screened , it is shown in the cinema or broadcast on television.

The series is likely to be screened in January...

TV firms were later banned from screening any pictures of the demo.

VERB : be V-ed , V n

• screen‧ing


The film-makers will be present at the screenings to introduce their works.



A screen is a vertical panel which can be moved around. It is used to keep cold air away from part of a room, or to create a smaller area within a room.

They put a screen in front of me so I couldn’t see what was going on.



If something is screened by another thing, it is behind it and hidden by it.

Most of the road behind the hotel was screened by a block of flats.

VERB : usu passive , be V-ed by n


To screen for a disease means to examine people to make sure that they do not have it.

...a quick saliva test that would screen for people at risk of tooth decay.

VERB : V for n

• screen‧ing

Britain has an enviable record on breast screening for cancer.

N-VAR : usu N for n


When an organization screens people who apply to join it, it investigates them to make sure that they are not likely to cause problems.

They will screen all their candidates.

...screening procedures for the regiment.

VERB : V n , V-ing


To screen people or luggage means to check them using special equipment to make sure they are not carrying a weapon or a bomb.

The airline had been screening baggage on X-ray machines.

VERB : V n


If you screen your telephone calls, calls made to you are connected to an answering machine or are answered by someone else, so that you can choose whether or not to speak to the people phoning you.

I employ a secretary to screen my calls.

VERB : V n

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