from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A kind of movable screen placed before a fire to intercept the heat.
  • n. A woolen screen placed in the passageway from a powder-magazine whenever this is opened.


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  • She quickly went to the low table in front of the fire-screen and grabbed a tap-pad, itching to make some notes before the moment passed. ‘First test for object number ZXY-4653: Made an eye-level trigger stare on object for approx. 30 seconds.

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  • The girl, standing by the chimney-piece, apparently examining a transparent fire-screen, was listening to the sounds from the courtyard in a way that justified certain maternal fears.


  • Victor meanwhile still played with the fire-screen.

    A Woman of Thirty

  • He had taken up a fire-screen, and was looking intently at the gauze.

    A Woman of Thirty

  • She took the fire-screen, that hung by the side of the chimney and held it before her face, now glancing at me, now turning away her eye, as if resolved to be displeased.

    Sir Charles Grandison

  • Glass, for example, is transparent to light, but much less so to heat, so that it is useful as a fire-screen; and alum is transparent to light, but blocks heat completely.

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  • So she flitted — her figure, enlarging as it was, still allowed her to glide between table and chair — hither and thither; removed the fire-screen and set a light, before he could stop her, to the grudging lodging-house fire.

    The Years

  • The still sky-blue walls, the green curtains patterned with red flowers and ferns; the crewel-worked fire-screen before the cast-iron grate; the mahogany cupboard with glass windows, full of little knick-knacks; the beaded footstools; Keats,

    To Let

  • They wanted to read or take a cycle-ride in the evening, or perhaps March wished to paint curvilinear swans on porcelain, with green background, or else make a marvellous fire-screen by processes of elaborate cabinet work.

    The Fox

  • She set her fire-screen down on the chimney-piece, and spoke with tenderness in every tone of her voice.

    Father Goriot


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