Screen door
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. [1913 Webster]

Your leavy screens throw down. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Some ambitious men seem as screens to princes in matters of danger and envy. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

5. (Cricket) An erection of white canvas or wood placed on the boundary opposite a batsman to enable him to see ball better. [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 excluding insects.

{Screen door}, a door of which half or more is composed of a screen.

{Screen window}, a screen inside a frame, fitted for insertion into a window frame. [PJC]

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. [PJC]

8. The motion-picture industry; motion pictures. ``A star of stage and screen.'' [PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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