Meaning of SCREEN in English

SCREEN

/ skriːn; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun

OF TV / COMPUTER

1.

[ C ] the flat surface at the front of a television or computer, on which you see pictures or information :

a computer screen

a monitor with a 21 inch screen

They were staring at the television screen.

Move your cursor to the top of the screen.

the screen display

Can you do a printout of this screen for me (= of all the information on it) ?

—picture at computer

—see also on-screen

FILMS / MOVIES / TV

2.

[ C ] the large flat surface that films / movies or pictures are shown on :

a cinema / movie screen

an eight-screen cinema

The movie will be coming to your screens shortly.

3.

(often the screen ) [ sing. , U ] films / movies or television in general :

He has adapted the play for the screen.

Some actors never watch themselves on screen .

She was a star of stage and screen (= plays and films / movies) .

a screen actor

—see also off-screen , silver screen , small screen

PIECE OF FURNITURE

4.

[ C ] a vertical piece of furniture or equipment that is fixed or that can be moved to divide a room or to keep one area hidden or separate :

The nurse put a screen around the bed.

—see also fire screen

FOR HIDING / PROTECTING STH / SB

5.

[ C ] screen (of sth) something that prevents sb from seeing or being aware of sth, or that protects sb/sth :

We planted a screen of tall trees.

( figurative )

All the research was conducted behind a screen of secrecy.

—see also smokescreen , sunscreen , windscreen

ON WINDOW / DOOR

6.

[ C ] ( especially NAmE ) a wire or plastic net that is held in a frame and fastened on a window, or a door, to let in air but keep out insects :

screen doors

—picture at house

IN CHURCH

7.

[ C ] a wood or stone structure in a church, that partly separates the main area from the altar or choir

■ verb

[ vn ]

HIDE STH / SB

1.

screen sth/sb (from sth/sb) to hide or protect sth/sb by placing sth in front of or around them

SYN shield :

Dark glasses screened his eyes from the sun.

PROTECT SB

2.

screen sb from sb/sth to protect sb from sth dangerous or unpleasant, especially to protect sb who has done sth illegal or dishonest

SYN shield

FOR DISEASE

3.

[ often passive ] screen (sb) (for sth) to examine people in order to find out if they have a particular disease or illness :

Men over 55 should be regularly screened for prostate cancer.

CHECK

4.

( of a company, an organization, etc. ) to find out information about people who work or who want to work for you in order to make sure that they can be trusted :

Government employees may be screened by the security services.

5.

to check sth to see if it is suitable or if you want it :

I use my answerphone to screen my phone calls.

SHOW FILM / MOVIE / PROGRAMME

6.

[ usually passive ] to show a film / movie, etc. in a cinema / movie theater or on television :

a list of films to be screened as part of the festival

PHRASAL VERBS

- screen sth off

- screen sb out

- screen sth out

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WORD ORIGIN

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

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.