screen - definition and synonyms


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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.

  5. 5
    [countable] a wire or plastic net in a frame that fits in a door or window and lets air into a building but keeps insects out
    1. a.
      [uncountable] the wire or plastic net that is used in a screen