1. [syn: screen door, screen]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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.
5. (Cricket) An erection of white canvas or wood placed on
the boundary opposite a batsman to enable him to see ball
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]
6. a netting, usu. of metal, contained in a frame, used
mostly in windows or doors to allow in fresh air while
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."
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: 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" [syn: screen door, screen]