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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SCREEN

He took Viviette by the arm and roughly thrust her past the screen.

A nurse stayed behind the screen, and her work was done by the others.

The doctor motioned me to a table behind the screen of which Kitty had spoken.

Then they tore out the dam, rinsed the screen and spread it over a rock to dry.

It was Miss Eileen that heard the screen ripped out and told me it was gone.

Anthony followed as if to protect or screen the girls from sight.

To screen themselves they charged their captain with the crime.

We'll screen off a corner for our Professor—sort of confessional business.

A special altar, called the rood-altar, used to stand under the screen.

Through a screen of wood and glass, I peep into the dim church.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-14c., "upright piece of furniture providing protection from heat of a fire, drafts, etc.," probably from a shortened (Anglo-French? cf. Anglo-Latin screna) variant of Old North French escren, Old French escran "fire-screen" (early 14c.), perhaps from Middle Dutch scherm "screen, cover, shield," or Frankish *skrank "barrier," from Proto-Germanic *skerm- (cf. Old High German skirm, skerm "protection," from PIE *(s)ker- "to cut" (see shear (v.)).

Meaning "net-wire frame used in windows and doors" is recorded from 1859. Meaning "flat vertical surface for reception of projected images" is from 1810, originally in reference to magic lantern shows; later of movies. Transferred sense of "cinema world collectively" is attested from 1914; hence screen test (1918), etc. Screen saver first attested 1990. Screen printing recorded from 1918.

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