Meaning of SCREEN in English

I. ˈskrēn noun

Etymology: Middle English screne, from Anglo-French escren, from Middle Dutch scherm; akin to Old High German skirm shield; probably akin to Sanskrit carman skin, kṛnāti he injures — more at shear

Date: 14th century

1. : a protective or ornamental device (as a movable partition) shielding an area from heat or drafts or from view

2. : something that shelters, protects, or hides: as

a. : a growth or stand of trees, shrubs, or plants

b. : a protective formation of troops, ships, or planes

c. : something that covers or disguises the true nature (as of an activity or feeling)

his geniality is just a screen


(1) : a maneuver in various sports (as basketball or ice hockey) whereby an opponent is legally impeded or the opponent's view of the play is momentarily blocked

(2) : screen pass


a. : a perforated plate or cylinder or a meshed wire or cloth fabric usually mounted and used to separate coarser from finer parts

b. : a system for examining and separating into different groups

c. : a piece of apparatus designed to prevent agencies in one part from affecting other parts

an optical screen

an electric screen

d. : a frame holding a usually metallic netting used especially in a window or door to exclude pests (as insects)


a. : a flat surface on which a picture or series of pictures is projected or reflected

b. : the surface on which the image appears in an electronic display (as in a television set, radar receiver, or computer terminal) ; also : the information displayed on a computer screen at one time

5. : a glass plate ruled with crossing opaque lines through which an image is photographed in making a halftone

6. : the motion-picture medium or industry

II. verb

Date: 15th century

transitive verb

1. : to guard from injury or danger


a. : to give shelter or protection to with or as if with a screen

b. : to separate with or as if with a screen ; also : to shield (an opponent) from a play or from view of a play


a. : to pass (as coal, gravel, or ashes) through a screen to separate the fine part from the coarse ; also : to remove by a screen


(1) : to examine usually methodically in order to make a separation into different groups

(2) : to select or eliminate by a screening process

(3) : to test or examine for the presence of something (as a disease)

patients were screen ed for hepatitis

4. : to provide with a screen to keep out pests (as insects)



(1) : to present (as a motion picture) for viewing on a screen

(2) : to view the presentation of (as a motion picture)

b. : to present in a motion picture

intransitive verb

1. : to appear on a motion-picture screen

2. : to provide a screen in a game or sport

Synonyms: see hide

• screen·able ˈskrē-nə-bəl adjective

• screen·er noun

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.