Secrete vs Screen - What's the difference?

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Secrete is a related term of screen.

As verbs the difference between secrete and screen

is that secrete is while screen is to filter by passing through a screen.

As an adjective secrete

is secreted.

As a noun screen is

a physical divider intended to block an area from view, or provide shelter from something dangerous.



Etymology 1

First attested in 1678: from the (etyl) participle .


  • (obsolete, rare) separated
  • * 1678 : , The True Intellectual System of the Universe , book 1, chapter 4, pages 307 and 582:
  • they ?uppo?ing Two other Divine Hypo?ta?es Superiour thereunto, which were perfectly Secrete from Matter.
    This ?o containeth all things, as not being yet ?ecrete and di?tinct''; ''whereas in the Second they are di?cerned and di?tingui?hed by Rea?on''; that is, they are ''Actually di?tingui?hed'' in their ''Ideas''; ''whereas the Fir?t is the Simple and Fecund Power of all things.

    Etymology 2

    First directly attested in 1728; attested as the past-participial adjective secreted in 1707: from (etyl) and the (etyl) secretar.


  • To extract a substance from blood, sap, or similar to produce and emit waste for excretion or for the fulfilling of a physiological function.
  • * Carpenter
  • Why one set of cells should secrete bile, another urea, and so on, we do not know.
  • * 2008 , Stephen J. McPhee, Maxine A. Papadakis, et al., Current Medical Diagnosis and Treatment , McGraw-Hill Medical, page 1202:
  • Many tumors secrete two or more different hormones.
  • * 1863 : (author), Frances Elizabeth Kingsley (editor), Charles Kingsley, his Letters and Memories of his Life (first published posthumously in 1877), page 156 (8th edition: 1880)
  • If you won’t believe my great new doctrine (which, by the bye, is as old as the Greeks), that souls secrete their bodies, as snails do shells, you will remain in outer darkness.
  • * 1887 : , Democracy and Other Addresses , page 15 (1892 reprint)
  • Let me not be misunderstood. I see as clearly as any man possibly can, and rate as highly, the value of wealth, and of hereditary wealth, as the security of refinement, the feeder of all those arts that ennoble and beautify life, and as making a country worth living in. Many an ancestral hall here in England has been a nursery of that culture which has been of example and benefit to all. Old gold has a civilizing virtue which new gold must grow old to be capable of secreting .

    Etymology 3

    Alteration of verb sense of secret


  • To conceal.
  • * 1914 : The Pacific Reporter , volume 142, page 450 (West Publishing Company)
  • Plaintiffs filed an affidavit for an attachment, alleging that defendant was about to assign, secrete , and dispose of his property with intent to delay and defraud his creditors, and was about to convert his property into money to place it beyond the reach of his creditors.
  • * 1997 : Chris Horrocks, Introducing Foucault , page 43 (Totem Books, Icon Books; ISBN 1840460865)
  • Whereas the Renaissance had allowed madness into the light, the classical age saw it as scandal or shame. Families secreted mad uncles and strange cousins in asylums.
  • With away, to steal.
  • The royal jewels were secreted away in the middle of the night, sub rosa .
    Usage notes
    * The present participle and past forms secreting and secreted are heteronymous with the corresponding forms of the similar verb secret, and this can create ambiguity when the word is encountered in print.


    * “ †se?crete, a.'']” listed in the ''[[w:Oxford English Dictionary, Oxford English Dictionary] , second edition (1989) (adjective) * OED (second edition), “ secrete, v. ” (verb and figurative senses) English back-formations ----




    (en noun)
  • A physical divider intended to block an area from view, or provide shelter from something dangerous.
  • * (William Shakespeare)
  • Your leavy screens throw down.
  • * (Francis Bacon)
  • Some ambitious men seem as screens to princes in matters of danger and envy.
  • A material woven from fine wires intended to block animals or large particles from passing while allowing gasses, liquids and finer particles to pass.
  • The informational viewing area of electronic output devices; the result of the output.
  • * 1977 , Sex Pistols, Spunk , “Problems”:
  • You won't find me living for the screen .
  • The viewing surface or area of a movie, or moving picture or slide presentation.
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=1 , passage=The stories did not seem to me to touch life. […] They left me with the impression of a well-delivered stereopticon lecture, with characters about as life-like as the shadows on the screen , and whisking on and off, at the mercy of the operator.}}
  • One of the individual regions of a video game, etc. divided into separate screens.
  • * 1988 , Marcus Berkmann, Sophistry'' (video game review) in ''Your Sinclair issue 30, June 1988
  • The idea is to reach the 21st level of an enormous network of interlocking screens , each of which is covered with blocks that you bounce along on.
  • (basketball) An offensive tactic in which a player stands so as to block a defender from reaching a teammate.
  • (baseball) The protective netting which protects the audience from flying objects
  • In mining and quarries, a frame supporting a mesh of bars or wires used to classify fragments of stone by size, allowing the passage of fragments whose a diameter is smaller than the distance between the bars or wires.
  • (printing) A stencil upon a framed mesh through which paint is forced onto printed-on material; the frame with the mesh itself.
  • (nautical) A collection of less-valuable vessels that travel with a more valuable one for the latter's protection.
  • (architecture) 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, etc.
  • Synonyms

    * (basketball) pick

    Derived terms

    * Chinese screen * flatscreen * moving screen * screenbound * screen door * screen printing * screen wall * silver screen * smokescreen * touch screen



    (en verb)
  • To filter by passing through a screen.
  • Mary screened the beans to remove the clumps of gravel.
  • To remove information, or censor intellectual material from viewing
  • The news report was screened because it accused the politician of wrongdoing.
  • (film, television) To present publicly (on the screen).
  • The news report will be screened at 11:00 tonight.
  • To fit with a screen.
  • We need to screen this porch. These bugs are driving me crazy.

    Derived terms

    * screened-in * screener * screen in * screen out


    * * English contranyms