Webster 1913 Edition
écran, of uncertain origin; cf. G.
schirma screen, OHG.
scerma protection, shield, or G.
schragena trestle, a stack of wood, or G.
Anything that separates or cuts off inconvenience, injury, or danger; that which shelters or conceals from view; a shield or protection;
as, a fire.
Some ambitious men seem as
screensto princes in matters of danger and envy.
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.
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.
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.
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
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;
screenedfrom cold winds by a forest or hill
They were encouraged and
screenedby some who were in high commands.
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.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.Any thing that separates or cuts off inconvenience, injury or danger,; and hence, that which shelters or protects from danger, or prevents inconvenience. Thus a screen is used to intercept the sight, to intercept the heat of fire on the light of a candle.
Some ambitious men seem as screens to princes in matters of danger and envy.
2.A riddle or sieve.
1.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. Our houses and garments screen us from cold; an umbrella screens us from rain and the sun's rays. Neither rank nor money should screen from punishment the man who violates the laws.
2.To sift or riddle; to separate the coarse part of any thing from the fine, or the worthless from the valuable.