from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small screen used to protect the face and head from the heat of a fire or of the sun.


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  • He recently made the hand-screen connection and now is adept at playing nintendo and using the mouse on the computer--and he's not even 2 yet!

    Easter Party Day

  • Elfride had turned from the table towards the fire and was idly elevating a hand-screen before her face, when she heard the click of a little gate outside.

    A Pair of Blue Eyes

  • The tiny face in the hand-screen grinned sheepishly.

    This Crowded Earth

  • Arthur a beautifully-ornamented hand-screen to shade the heat from his face; as he sat with his feet on the fender, listening to his father's and aunt's conversation.

    Left at Home or, The Heart's Resting Place

  • He lay back in a comfortable chair looking at his cousin, who, sitting on a low seat opposite the drawing-room fire, shaded her eyes from the glare with a little hand-screen.

    Cecilia de Noël

  • Its warm red light softly illumined her whole face and figure, for in her abstraction she had let the hand-screen fall, and was stroking mechanically the little sleek head that nestled against her.

    Cecilia de Noël

  • Mrs. Gay, shielding her cheek from the firelight with a peacock hand-screen.

    The Miller of Old Church

  • At length she stretched out her arm and took up from the table a little threadbare Chinese hand-screen.

    The Reef; a novel

  • "So you came all the way home to see your poor useless mother," murmured Mrs. Gay, shielding her cheek from the firelight with a peacock hand-screen.

    The Miller Of Old Church

  • The Duchesse shaded her eyes from the fire with a hand-screen, and it came between us, and I could not see her face, but her voice changed.

    Man and Maid


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