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English noun: screen

1. screen (artifact) a white or silvered surface where pictures can be projected for viewing

Synonymsprojection screen, silver screen

Broader (hypernym)surface

Narrower (hyponym)wide screen

2. screen (artifact) a protective covering that keeps things out or hinders sight

SamplesThey had just moved in and had not put up blinds yet.


Broader (hypernym)protection, protective cover, protective covering

Narrower (hyponym)blinder, blinker, curtain, drape, drapery, mantle, pall, shutter, window blind, winker

3. screen (artifact) the display that is electronically created on the surface of the large end of a cathode-ray tube

SynonymsCRT screen

Broader (hypernym)display, video display

Narrower (hyponym)background, computer display, computer screen, desktop, screen background

Part holonymforeground

Part meronymcathode-ray tube, CRT

4. screen (artifact) a covering that serves to conceal or shelter something

SamplesA 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.

Synonymsconcealment, cover, covert

Broader (hypernym)covering

Narrower (hyponym)blind, camouflage, shoji, stalking-horse

5. screen (artifact) a protective covering consisting of netting; can be mounted in a frame

SamplesThey put screens in the windows for protection against insects.
A metal screen protected the observers.

Broader (hypernym)protection, protective cover, protective covering

Narrower (hyponym)fire screen, fireguard, mosquito net, smoke screen, smokescreen, window screen, windscreen, windshield

Part meronymscreen, screen door

Substance holonymscreening

6. screen (group) the personnel of the film industry

SamplesA star of stage and screen.

Synonymsfilmdom, screenland

Broader (hypernym)film industry, movie industry

7. screen (artifact) a strainer for separating lumps from powdered material or grading particles


Broader (hypernym)strainer

Narrower (hyponym)riddle, sifter

8. screen (artifact) 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

SamplesHe heard the screen slam as she left.

Synonymsscreen door

Broader (hypernym)door

Part holonymscreen

9. screen (artifact) partition consisting of a decorative frame or panel that serves to divide a space

Broader (hypernym)divider, partition

Narrower (hyponym)altarpiece, purdah, reredos, rood screen

English verb: screen

1. screen (social) test or examine for the presence of disease or infection

SamplesScreen the blood for the HIV virus.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)check

2. screen (cognition) examine methodically

SamplesScreen the suitcases.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)analyse, analyze, canvas, canvass, examine, study

Entaildo away with, eliminate, extinguish, get rid of

3. screen (social) examine in order to test suitability

SamplesScreen these samples.
Screen the job applicants.

Synonymsscreen out, sieve, sort

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)choose, pick out, select, take

4. screen (perception) project onto a screen for viewing

SamplesScreen a film.

ExamplesSam and Sue screen the movie

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)show

5. screen (contact) prevent from entering

SamplesBlock out the strong sunlight.

Synonymsblock out

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)block, close up, impede, jam, obstruct, obturate, occlude

Narrower (hyponym)shade

6. screen (contact) separate with a riddle, as grain from chaff


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)sieve, sift, strain

7. screen (competition) protect, hide, or conceal from danger or harm


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)protect

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