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in architecture, partition or enclosure not extending to the ceiling; usually a structure in stone, wood, or metal. It frequently serves to mark the boundaries of portions of churches and cathedrals. The choir screen or chancel screen, the most usual form, separates the choir or chancelchancel,
primarily that part of the church close to the altar and used by the officiating clergy. In the early churches it was separated from the nave by a low parapet or open railing (cancellus), its name being thus derived.
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 from the body of the church. In many medieval cathedrals the choir screen was a richly decorated structure of pierced stonework, often with sculpture. The screens of the cathedrals of Chartres and Albi in France and of York, Lincoln, and Durham in England are especially noteworthy. Many English parish churches contain fine screens of carved and painted wood. In the basilican churches of Italy, such as St. Mark's, Venice, the chancel front was often marked by an elaborate inlaid marble parapet wall. With the coming of the Renaissance the constructing of chancel screens became rare except in Spain, where rejas of ironwork or bronze were extensively employed (see grillegrille,
in architecture, a system of bars, usually of decorative metalwork, forming an openwork barrier or enclosure. In its usual materials of wrought iron or bronze, it has been favored for decorative treatment in all periods.
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 and rejeríarejería
, the art of making iron screens and grilles, developed in Spain from the Romanesque period through the Renaissance. It employs chiseled and hammered metal as well as wrought iron.
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). In Greek Christian churches, the choir screen takes the form of a solid partition, the iconostasis, decorated with holy images (whence its name) and usually provided with three doors. It entirely separates the sanctuary from the body of the church and conceals from the congregation the altar and the celebration of Mass. The rood screen is a more elaborate form of choir screen that bears the roodrood
, crucifix mounted above the entrance to the chancel and flanked by large figures of the Virgin and St. John, an almost invariable feature in the 14th- and 15th-century European church.
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 or crucifix. A jube is a choir screen equipped with balconies for reading or preaching. A reredosreredos
, ornamented wall or screen that rises behind the high altar of a church, forming a background for it. It may be placed against the apse wall at the extreme end or directly behind the altar, as in certain English churches where it serves to separate the choir and the
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 is a wall or screen behind the high altar. As an article of furniture, the folding screen is of great antiquity, dating in China from the 2d cent. B.C. Widely used to adorn palaces and mansions, the screens of China and Japan were often gorgeous conceptions with carved wood frames, their panels of rich textiles or inlaid with jade and precious metals. The use of the folding screen, often showing East Asian influences in its construction, materials, and design, has continued to the present day.


See F. Bond, Screens and Galleries in English Churches (1908); A. Vallance, English Church Screens (1936).


Any construction whose essential function is merely to separate, protect, seclude, or conceal, but not to support.



a device or machine for the mechanical sorting of bulk materials according to size of particles (pieces). It is used to divide coal, ore, or crushed stone into fragments, and also to dry materials (enriched coals, washed ores, and so on). The screen is one of the basic types of mechanical equipment of crushing and sorting mills and preparation plants. Fixed screens are classified as devices; mobile screens, as machines.

Fixed screens (bar. arc. and conical screens) consist of the working part of a stationary screening surface and its supporting structure. Bar screens have an inclined surface with slots larger than 50 mm and are used for crude sorting of material that comes in large chunks: arc screens are used to dry and sort fine-grain materials (coal or sand); and conical screens are used for drying and crude sorting.

Mobile screens (machines) assure highly efficient screening. They consist of one or more screening surfaces (sieves), their supporting structure, and the drive mechanism for the sieve. In terms of the type of motion of sieves, a distinction is made among screens with rotating surfaces (trommels), shaking screens, and vibrating and semivibrating types. Trommels consist of concentric screening surfaces that rotate about a single axis. They are used mostly for washing materials and for incidental crude sorting. Shaking screens have one or more sieves that are fastened to a rectangular crib linked to a driving mechanism, usually an eccentric. Material moves along the sieve under the force of gravity or inertia. Thanks to the rigid kinematic link between the crib and the eccentric, the scope of vibrations of the sieve is strictly defined and does not depend on the load in the crib. The crib of a vibrating screen is oscillated (vibrated) by the forces created by a vibrator. According to the kind of vibration, screens of this type are classified as linear, elliptical or circular. Unlike shaking screens, the magnitude of the sieve’s vibrations in vibration screens is not constant but depends on the load.

All types of screens are used in industry, but the most promising are the vibrating type (see Table 1). Within this group special attention is due so-called resonance screens, in which the motor’s energy is expended only to overcome resistances to vibration and not to impart kinetic energy to moving masses. Therefore resonance screens require a less powerful drive, and the balanced state of the material makes it possible to build such screens with large screening surfaces.


Goncharevich, I. F., V. D. Zemskov, and V. 1. Koreshkov. Vibra-tsionnye grokhoty i konveiery. Moscow, 1960.
Moliavko. A. R. Zarubezhnye konstruklsii mekhanicheskikh grokho-tov(Obzor). Moscow, 1963.
Table 1. Specifications of some screens produced in the USSR
TypeModelMaximum productivity(m3/hr)Sieve size (mm)Number of sievesSize of sieve openings (mm)Power of electric motor (kW)Weight (kg)Use
Vibrating inclined.................GGT-422501.500 × 3,750280 × 80
135 × 135
176,615Sorting of construction materials up to 400 mm
Vibrating inclined.................GGS-421501.500 × 3,750226 × 26
5 × 20
13Table 1. Specifications of some screens produced in the USSR
Vibrating horizontal.................GSS-42801,250 × 1,820311 × 11 26 × 26 5 × 205.5
Two-mass resonance.................GRL 62–12,000 × 5,0002from 6 x 6 to 95 × 951122,540Sorting and drying of anthracite and gas and power coals
Flat-shaking tour-crib.................GPO-4M1001,500 × 6,00021 × 11110,567Drying of construction materials and coal up to 25 mm
Arc.................SD-1200830 × 1.3301from 0.5 to 1.5350Sorting and drying of construction materials and coal up to 6 mm
Makarov. V. I., and V. P. Sokolov. Mashiny dlia drobleniia i sor-lirovki materialov: Spravochnik. Moscow-Leningrad. 1966.
Andreev, S. E., V. V. Zverev. and V. A. Perov. Droblenie, iz-mel’chenie i grokhochenie poteznykh iskopaemykh. 2nd ed. Moscow. 1966.
Ponomarev. I. V. Droblenie i grokhochenie uglei. Moscow, 1970.




(1) A large operations unit consisting of individual detachments in Soviet Russia in the initial period of the Red Army’s formation, when it was extremely small in size. The screen system was established by the Supreme Military Council to defend the demarcation line established after the Treaty of Brest in March 1918. It included the Northern Sector (March 14-September 11), the Southern Sector (August 5-September 11), and the Western Sector (April 8-September 11) of screen detachments. The screen sectors were headed by military councils, each consisting of a military leader and two political commissars. Small headquarters were established to direct the screen detachments. The screen system later served as the basis for deployment of a number of armies and fronts.

(2) A method of camouflage. The screen is created by smoke or by hanging up authorized (or available) means that conceal the particular military objects (structures, positions, and so on) against visual and air observation by the enemy.

(3) Submarine curtain, a group of submarines formed in general search or combat formation for joint performance of the assigned combat mission.



In printing, an optical device used in the reproduction of halftones. Such a device consists of a system of opaque elements—most often, parallel lines—that are applied to a nondeforming base, such as glass. Screens differ in the character of the opaque elements (Figure 1) and in the line frequency, that is, the number of such elements per centimeter. Depending on the technique involved, screens may be classified as projection or contact types. Projection types (Figure 1,a-d) are used only in photographic processes. Such a screen is mounted inside the process camera at a small, precalculated distance from the photosensitive layer. The light flux that passes through the screen during exposure is broken up into separate beams of light; these beams have the same dimensions but differ in intensity,

Figure 1. Screen types: (a) one-way, (b) crossline, (c) Schultze (rhomboid), (d) mezzograph, (e) contact, (f) for intaglio printing

which depends on the brightness of the sections of the original that are being reproduced. The different quantities of light that reach the photosensitive layer cause the formation of exposed sections on the negative in the form of dots or lines of unequal size. The density, structure, and overall dimensions of these dots also depend on the exposure parameters and on the characteristics of the light sources, screen, and photographic material.

Contact screens (Figure 1,e) are used in contact with photosensitive layers. They are employed both in photographic processes and in the transfer of an image from a negative or positive to the printing surface. The formation of the screen image is a result of the absorption of part of the rays coming from the original by the dots on the screen, which are of nonuniform density. There exist gray (silver-containing) and magenta (based on finely dispersed dyes) contact screens. The dyed screens are preferable because of the better quality of the resulting image.

In relief and planographic printing, crossline or autotype screens are generally used. The line frequency in this case ranges from 24 to 60 lines per cm (Figure 1,b). Intaglio printing employs special contact screens with high line frequencies (Figure 1,f). These screens are used in the transfer of the image to the printing plate.


What does it mean when you dream about a screen?

The dreamer may be needing to “screen out” information that she or he may not be able to assimilate.


(computer science)
To make a preliminary selection from a set of entities, selection criteria being based on a given set of rules or conditions.
The surface on which a television, radar, x-ray, or cathode-ray oscilloscope image is made visible for viewing; it may be a fluorescent screen with a phosphor layer that converts the energy of an electron beam to visible light, or a translucent or opaque screen on which the optical image is projected. Also known as viewing screen.
Metal partition or shield which isolates a device from external magnetic or electric fields.
A large sieve of suitably mounted wire cloth, grate bars, or perforated sheet iron used to sort rock, ore, or aggregate according to size.
A covering to give physical protection from light, noise, heat, or flying particles.
A filter medium for liquid-solid separation.


1. Any construction whose essential function is merely to separate, protect, seclude, or conceal, but not to support.
2. A covered framework, either fixed or movable, that serves as a protection against sun, fire, wind, rain, cold, or insects.
3. A metallic plate or sheet, a woven wire cloth, or other similar device, with regularly spaced apertures of uniform size, mounted in a suitable frame or holder for use in separating material according to size; also called a sieve.


i. An arrangement of ships, aircraft, and/or submarines to protect a main body or a convoy.
ii. In cartography, a sheet of transparent film, glass, or plastic carrying a “ruling” or other regularly repeated pattern, which may be used in conjunction with a mask, either photographically or photomechanically, to produce areas of the pattern.
iii. Refers to Stevenson's screen, which is used to keep meteorological instruments for meteorological data observation.


1. a decorated partition, esp in a church around the choir
2. the wide end of a cathode-ray tube, esp in a television set, on which a visible image is formed
3. a white or silvered surface, usually fabric, placed in front of a projector to receive the enlarged image of a film or of slides
4. the screen the film industry or films collectively
5. Photog a plate of ground glass in some types of camera on which the image of a subject is focused before being photographed
6. Psychoanal anything that prevents a person from realizing his true feelings about someone or something
7. Electronics See screen grid


1. <hardware> A generic term for a display device that shows text and/or images on a roughly flat rectangular surface. The most common type is usually refered to as a "monitor" and is based on a cathode-ray tube, though flat panel displays have, since around 2000, become increasingly competitive in price and performance.


The display area of a computer monitor or TV set. The terms "screen," "terminal" and "monitor" are used synonymously, although technically, the screen is only the visual display part of a monitor or terminal. See CRT and flat panel display.