General English

General Science

  • noun a display device capable of showing a quantity of information, e.g. a computer monitor
  • verb to protect something with a screen
  • verb to examine people, animals or plants to test for the presence of something
  • verb to select somebody or something as suitable for a particular purpose
  • verb to examine material for the presence of something


  • noun a hedge or row of trees grown to shelter other plants, to protect something from the wind or to prevent something from being seen
  • verb to pass grain through a sieve to grade it


  • noun a glass surface on which computer information or TV pictures can be shown
  • noun a flat panel which acts as a form of protection
  • verb to examine something carefully to evaluate or assess it
  • verb to consider a range of items or people and only select some

Cars & Driving

  • verb to shield from electrical interference


  • The viewing area of a display device, such as that of a computer or TV. A screen may be the viewing surface of a CRT display, a liquid crystal display, a plasma display, or the like. Also called display (1), or monitor (1).
  • A covering, enclosure, material, or device which provides protection from heat, sparks, light, radioactive particles, noise and so on.
  • synonymshielding

Information & Library Science

  • noun a flat surface capable of displaying pictures and words
  • verb to investigate or check people or things for a specific fault or danger


  • noun a grid of dots or lines placed between the camera and the artwork, which has the effect of dividing the picture up into small dots, creating an image which can be used for printing

Media Studies

  • noun a large flat white or silver surface onto which a film or slide is projected
  • noun the broad flat end of a cathode ray tube or liquid crystal display on which images are displayed, e.g. in a television set or computer monitor
  • noun a glass plate marked with very fine lines used in producing half-tone reproductions
  • noun a glass plate in a camera that is used in focusing an image before photographing it
  • verb to broadcast a film, programme or other item on television, or be broadcast on television
  • verb to project a film onto a screen in a cinema, or be projected in a cinema
  • verb to photograph something through a glass plate to make a half-tone reproduction


  • noun a light wall, sometimes with a curtain, which can be moved about and put round a bed to shield a person
  • verb to examine large numbers of people to test them for a disease

Real Estate

  • noun a fixed or movable partition or frame that is used to conceal, divide, separate or provide shelter


  • noun a flat surface which protects something or divides two things
  • noun a flat surface as on a television set or computer monitor, on which images are shown

Origin & History of “screen”

Screen goes back ultimately to a Frankish *skrank ‘barrier’, a distant ancestor of German schrank ‘cupboard’. This was taken over into Old Northern French as escran, and it was a variant form of this, escren, that became English screen.