screenscreen1 /skriːn/ ●●●S2W2 noun1television/computer [countable]AMFAMT the part of a television or computer where the picture or information appears → monitora computer with an 18-inch colour screenHe went on staring at the TV screen.on (a) screenHer picture appeared on the screen.It’s easy to change the text on screen before printing it.2filma)[countable] the large white surface that pictures are shown on in a cinemaHe was horrified at some of the images he saw on the screen.b)[singular, uncountable]AMFfilms in generalThis is the first time the play has been adapted for the big screen (=films).a star of stage and screen (=the theatre and films)on screenhis first appearance on screena well-known screen actor3movable wall [countable]DM a piece of furniture like a thin wall that can be moved around and is used to divide one part of a room from anotherThere was a screen around his bed.4something that hidesa)[countable] something tall and wide that hides a place or thingscreen ofThe house was hidden behind a screen of bushes.b)[singular] something that hides what someone is doingscreen forThe business was just a screen for his drug-dealing activities.5test for illness [countable] British English a medicaltest to see whether someone has an illnesssyn screening American EnglishThe company is offering a free health screen to all employees.6door/window [countable]DH a wirenetfastened inside a frame in front of a window or door to keep insects out7church [countable]AA a decorative wall in some churches8sports [countable]DS a player in a game such as basketball who protects the player who has the ball →smokescreen, sunscreen
screenscreen2 ●●○ verb [transitive]1test for illnessMH to do tests on a lot of people to find out whether they have a particular illnessAll women over 50 will be regularly screened.screen somebody for somethingIt is now possible to screen babies for diabetes.2hide somethingHIDE/MAKE IT HARD TO FIND OR SEE if something screens something else, it is in front of it and hides itscreen something from somethingA line of trees screened the house from the road.3film/televisionAMFAMT to show a film or television programmeThe film is being screened around the country.The match will be screened live on television.4test employees etcTEST/EXPERIMENT to find out information about people in order to decide whether you can trust themPolice are very careful when screening politicians’ bodyguards.Applicants are screened for security.5check things to check things to see whether they are acceptable or suitableYou can use an answerphone to screen your phone calls before you answer them. →screen something ↔ off →screen something ↔ out→ See Verb table
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screen• The film was under attack before it was even screened.• Because breastcancer is common in older women, we screen all women over 50.• Management has announced new procedures for screeningapplicants.• "Border War" is to be screened by Channel Four later on in the week.• If you receive blood in the UnitedKingdom it will already have been screened for HIV.• The house is screened from the road by a row of tall trees.• Spielberg's 1995 blockbuster is being screened on networkTV for the first time tonight.• High up in the sky was a protectivelayer of gas that screened out dangerousultravioletrays from the sun.• The human brainevolved to survive in such a world; it is stimulated by change and it screens out repetition.• They were selected by a screening panel of professional, business and communityleaders.• In the back yard, a hedge neatly screens the vegetableplot.screen somebody for something• Doctors recommend that women over 50 be screened for breast cancer.screen ... calls• But do you mind if I connect the machine anyway, it screens calls.• But if you want some privacy, using one another way lets some people screen their calls.• She must be screening her calls.From Longman Business Dictionaryscreenscreen1 /skriːn/ verb [transitive]1HUMAN RESOURCES to test people or examine their past history to make sure that they are suitable for something, for example to work for a particular organizationApplicants for teaching posts must be carefully screened.screen somebody for somethingAll employees are screened for drugs.2to test or check something to make sure that it is suitable, does not break the law etcImported fish should be screened for disease.3to show a film or television programmeThe ad was screened late at night on Channel 4. —screening noun [uncountable]The agency offers a pre-employment screening service.the routine screening of milk for contaminants→ See Verb tablescreenscreen2 noun [countable]1the flatglass part of a computer or televisionThe customer’s account details are displayed on the screen.Of the two flat-screen models, the more expensive one was clearly better. →flat screen →touch screen2on screen on a computer screenIt’s easy to change the text on screen before printing it.