Screen (skrēn), n.
(Cricket) An erection of white canvas or wood placed on
the boundary opposite a batsman to enable him to see ball
Screen (skrēn), 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.
Screen (skrēn), n. [OE.
scren, OF. escrein, escran, F.
écran, 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.
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.