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noun screen pronunciation in British English /skriːn/
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  1. 1
    [countable] the flat surface on a computer, television, or piece of electronic equipment where words and pictures are shown
    a computer/radar/TV/VDU screen
    A new icon will appear on your screen.
    Suddenly the screen went blank.
    1. a.
      the set of words or pictures shown on a computer screen
      Click here to print the screen.
    2. b.
      [only before noun] relating to a computer screen or to what you can see on it
      Change the screen resolution.
      You need to refresh the screen display.
  2. 2
    [countable] cinema the flat surface in a cinema where the picture is shown
    a new 14-screen cinema
    hit/come to/reach the screen: The new action film will hit the screen later this month.
    1. a.
      [uncountable] cinema in general
      stage and screen: She was a star of stage and screen.
    2. b.
      [only before noun] connected with the cinema
      He sold the screen rights of his book for £5 million.
      her screen debut/career
  3. 3
    [countable] a flat structure that is used for separating one area of a room from another, for example to make it more private
    the beautiful altar screen in our local church
    She got undressed behind a folding screen.
  4. 4
    [countable] something that protects you or allows you to hide
    screen for: The cattle provided a screen for the soldiers.
    screen of: His car was parked behind a screen of trees.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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