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  5  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  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. 
  They  were  encouraged  and  screened  by  some  who  were 
  in  high  commands.  --Macaulay. 
  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. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  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. 
  Your  leavy  screens  throw  down  --Shak. 
  Some  ambitious  men  seem  as  screens  to  princes  in 
  matters  of  danger  and  envy.  --Bacon. 
  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 
  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 
  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 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Screen  \Screen\  (skr[=e]n),  n.  (Cricket) 
  An  erection  of  white  canvas  or  wood  placed  on  the  boundary 
  opposite  a  batsman  to  enable  him  to  see  ball  better. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  a  white  or  silvered  surface  where  pictures  can  be  projected 
  for  viewing  [syn:  {silver  screen},  {projection  screen}] 
  2:  something  that  keeps  things  out  or  hinders  sight;  "they  had 
  just  moved  in  and  had  not  put  up  blinds  yet"  [syn:  {blind}] 
  3:  the  surface  of  the  large  end  of  a  cathode-ray  tube  on  which 
  an  electronically  created  image  is  formed  [syn:  {CRT 
  4:  a  covering  that  serves  to  conceal  or  shelter  something 
  "they  crouched  behind  the  screen";  "under  cover  of 
  darkness"  [syn:  {cover},  {covert},  {concealment}] 
  5:  a  metallic  netting  mounted  in  a  frame  and  covering  windows 
  or  doors  for  protection  (especially  against  insects) 
  6:  a  strainer  for  separating  lumps  from  powdered  material  or 
  grading  particles  [syn:  {sieve}] 
  7:  a  door  that  is  a  screen  to  keep  insects  out  of  a  building; 
  "he  heard  the  screen  slam  as  she  left"  [syn:  {screen  door}] 
  8:  a  decorative  frame  or  panel  serving  to  divide  a  space 
  v  1:  test  or  examine  for  the  presence  of  disease  or  infection; 
  "screen  the  blood  for  the  HIV  virus"  [syn:  {test}] 
  2:  examine  methodically;  test  for  suitability 
  3:  examine  in  order  to  test  suitability;  "screen  these 
  samples";  "screen  the  job  applicants"  [syn:  {screen  out}, 
  {sieve},  {sort}] 
  4:  project  onto  a  screen  for  viewing;  of  films 
  5:  prevent  from  entering,  as  of  light  [syn:  {block  out}] 
  6:  separate  with  a  riddle,  as  grain  from  chaff  [syn:  {riddle}] 
  7:  protect,  hide,  or  conceal  from  danger  or  harm  [syn:  {shield}] 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
  screen  n.  [Atari  ST  {demoscene}]  One  {demoeffect}  or  one 
  screenful  of  them  Probably  comes  from  old  Sierra-style  adventures  or 
  shoot-em-ups  where  one  travels  from  one  place  to  another  one  screenful 
  at  a  time. 

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