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screen    : [skr'in]
Screen \Screen\ (skr[=e]n), n. [OE. scren, OF. escrein, escran,
F. ['e]cran, of uncertain origin; cf. G. schirm a screen,
OHG. scirm, scerm a protection, shield, or G. schragen a
trestle, a stack of wood, or G. schranne a railing.]
1. Anything that separates or cuts off inconvenience, injury,
or danger; that which shelters or conceals from view; a
shield or protection; as, a fire screen.
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Your leavy screens throw down. --Shak.
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Some ambitious men seem as screens to princes in
matters of danger and envy. --Bacon.
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2. (Arch.) A dwarf wall or partition carried up to a certain
height for separation and protection, as in a church, to
separate the aisle from the choir, or the like.
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3. A surface, as that afforded by a curtain, sheet, wall,
etc., upon which an image, as a picture, is thrown by a
magic lantern, solar microscope, etc.
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4. A long, coarse riddle or sieve, sometimes a revolving
perforated cylinder, used to separate the coarser from the
finer parts, as of coal, sand, gravel, and the like.
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5. (Cricket) An erection of white canvas or wood placed on
the boundary opposite a batsman to enable him to see ball
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6. a netting, usu. of metal, contained in a frame, used
mostly in windows or doors to allow in fresh air while
excluding insects.

{Screen door}, a door of which half or more is composed of a

{Screen window}, a screen inside a frame, fitted for
insertion into a window frame.

7. The surface of an electronic device, as a television set
or computer monitor, on which a visible image is formed.
The screen is frequently the surface of a cathode-ray tube
containing phosphors excited by the electron beam, but
other methods for causing an image to appear on the screen
are also used, as in flat-panel displays.

8. The motion-picture industry; motion pictures. "A star of
stage and screen."

Screen \Screen\ (skr[=e]n), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Screened}; p.
pr. & vb. n. {Screening}.]
1. To provide with a shelter or means of concealment; to
separate or cut off from inconvenience, injury, or danger;
to shelter; to protect; to protect by hiding; to conceal;
as, fruits screened from cold winds by a forest or hill.
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They were encouraged and screened by some who were
in high commands. --Macaulay.
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2. To pass, as coal, gravel, ashes, etc., through a screen in
order to separate the coarse from the fine, or the
worthless from the valuable; to sift.
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3. to examine a group of objects methodically, to separate
them into groups or to select one or more for some
purpose. As:
(a) To inspect the qualifications of candidates for a job,
to select one or more to be hired.
(b) (Biochem., Med.) to test a large number of samples, in
order to find those having specific desirable
properties; as, to screen plant extracts for
anticancer agents.

n 1: a white or silvered surface where pictures can be projected
for viewing [synonym: {screen}, {silver screen}, {projection
2: a protective covering that keeps things out or hinders sight;
"they had just moved in and had not put up blinds yet" [synonym:
{blind}, {screen}]
3: the display that is electronically created on the surface of
the large end of a cathode-ray tube [synonym: {screen}, {CRT
4: a covering that serves to conceal or shelter something; "a
screen of trees afforded privacy"; "under cover of darkness";
"the brush provided a covert for game"; "the simplest
concealment is to match perfectly the color of the
background" [synonym: {screen}, {cover}, {covert}, {concealment}]
5: a protective covering consisting of netting; can be mounted
in a frame; "they put screens in the windows for protection
against insects"; "a metal screen protected the observers"
6: the personnel of the film industry; "a star of stage and
screen" [synonym: {filmdom}, {screenland}, {screen}]
7: a strainer for separating lumps from powdered material or
grading particles [synonym: {sieve}, {screen}]
8: a door that consists of a frame holding metallic or plastic
netting; used to allow ventilation and to keep insects from
entering a building through the open door; "he heard the
screen slam as she left" [synonym: {screen door}, {screen}]
9: partition consisting of a decorative frame or panel that
serves to divide a space
v 1: test or examine for the presence of disease or infection;
"screen the blood for the HIV virus" [synonym: {screen},
2: examine methodically; "screen the suitcases"
3: examine in order to test suitability; "screen these samples";
"screen the job applicants" [synonym: {screen}, {screen out},
{sieve}, {sort}]
4: project onto a screen for viewing; "screen a film"
5: prevent from entering; "block out the strong sunlight" [synonym:
{screen}, {block out}]
6: separate with a riddle, as grain from chaff [synonym: {riddle},
7: protect, hide, or conceal from danger or harm [synonym: {shield},

420 Moby Thesaurus words for "screen":
TV, TV set, act drop, advocate, aegis, alibi, analyze, apology,
apply to, arabesque, arm, arm guard, armor, art film, asbestos,
asbestos board, assort, awning, backdrop, backstop, basketry,
basketwork, batten, beach umbrella, becloud, befog, blanket, bless,
blind, block, block out, bolt, bolter, border, box, buffer,
bulwark, bumper, camouflage, cancellation, canopy, categorize,
champion, cinema verite, clarifier, clarify, classify, clear,
cloak, close, cloth, clothe, cloud, coat, colander, collate, color,
compass about, conceal, concealment, contraceptive,
contradistinguish, cope, copyright, cordon, cordon off, coulisse,
counterweight, cover, cover story, cover up, cover-up, coverage,
covering, covert, coverture, cowl, cowling, cradle, crash helmet,
cribble, cribriformity, cribrosity, cross-hatching, crossing-out,
cull, cull out, curtain, curtain board, cushion, cyclorama,
dashboard, decor, decrassify, defend, demarcate, demark, depurate,
device, differentiate, discriminate, disguise, dissemble, distill,
distinguish, distract attention from, divide, dodger, drape,
drapery, draw the curtains, draw the line, drop, drop curtain,
eclipse, edulcorate, elute, ensconce, enshroud, ensure, envelop,
essentialize, evaluate, examine, excuse, expurgate, extract,
facade, face mask, feint, fence, fend, fender, filigree, film,
filter, filtrate, finger guard, fire curtain, flank, flat, flipper,
foot guard, fret, fretwork, front, fuse, gauge, ghettoize, gin,
gloss, gloss over, goggles, governor, gradate, grade, grate,
grating, grid, gridiron, grille, grillwork, group, guarantee,
guard, guard against, guardrail, guise, hachure, hand guard,
handle, handrail, hanging, harbor, hard hat, hatching, haven,
helmet, hide, honeycomb, hood, housing, insulate, insulation,
insure, interlacement, interlock, intertexture, intertwinement,
interview, isolate, keep, keep apart, keep aside, keep from harm,
keep under cover, knee guard, knuckle guard, lace, lacery,
lacework, lacing, lame excuse, laminated glass, lattice,
latticework, lay aside, lay on, lay over, leach, life preserver,
lifeline, light shield, lightning conductor, lightning rod,
lixiviate, lixiviator, locus standi, make safe, mantle,
mark the interface, mask, mesh, meshes, meshwork, movies, mudguard,
muffle, nestle, net, netting, network, nose guard, nouvelle vague,
obduce, obfuscate, obscure, obstruct, occult, ostensible motive,
overlay, overshadow, overspread, pad, padding, pall, palladium,
parasol, partition, patent, percolate, percolator, pick out, pilot,
plexure, plexus, police, poor excuse, porosity, porousness,
pretense, pretension, pretext, preventive, process, project,
prophylactic, protect, protection, protective clothing,
protective umbrella, protestation, public motive, purifier, purify,
put aside, put on, put-off, qualify, quarantine, raddle, rag, rank,
rectify, refine, refiner, refinery, refuge, register, reticle,
reticulation, reticule, reticulum, riddle, ride shotgun for,
rocker, safeguard, safety, safety glass, safety plug, safety rail,
safety shoes, safety switch, safety valve, scan, scene, scenery,
screen out, screening, scum, seat belt, seclude, secure, segregate,
select, semblance, separate, set apart, set aside, set off, sever,
severalize, shade, shader, shadow, sham, shelter, shield,
shin guard, show, shroud, shut, shut off, shutter, side scene,
sieve, sieve out, sievelikeness, sift, sift out, sifter,
silver screen, size, slur over, smoke screen, sort, sort out,
sorter, spiritualize, sponge, spread over, stage screw,
stalking-horse, strain, strainer, stratagem, subdivide, sublimate,
sublime, subordinate, subterfuge, subtilize, sun helmet, sunblind,
sunshade, superimpose, superpose, tab, tableau, teaser, television,
television receiver, televisor, telly, texture, the cinema,
the movies, the pictures, the screen, the silver screen, thrash,
thresh, tissue, tormentor, tracery, transformation,
transformation scene, trellis, trelliswork, trick, try, umbrage,
umbrella, underwrite, varnish, veil, vestment, vet, wall, wall off,
wattle, weave, weaving, web, webbing, webwork, weft, whitewash,
wicker, wickerwork, windscreen, windshield, wing, wingcut, winnow,
winnowing basket, winnowing fan, winnowing machine, woodcut,

1. A generic term for a {display device} that shows
text and/or images on a roughly flat rectangular surface. The
most common type is usually refered to as a "{monitor}" and is
based on a {cathode-ray tube}, though {flat panel} displays
have, since around 2000, become increasingly competitive in
price and performance.


2. A {screen multiplexer} utility which lets you run multiple
{interactive} {terminal sessions} (and {curses} programs)
through a single terminal connection (on one {virtual
console}, one terminal, through one {modem} link, {telnet}
session or {xterm}).

Screen can detach processes from one terminal and attach them
to another. "Auto-detach" lets you continue working after
being disconnected and reconnected. It supports keyboard
driven cut and paste from any text and/or curses application
(like {Lynx}) to any other (like {xemacs}).

Screen comes with many {Linux} distributions and is available
(free) on many other {Unix} {platforms}.


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