- an opening in the wall of a building, the side of a vehicle, etc., for the admission of air or light, or both, commonly fitted with a frame in which are set movable sashes containing panes of glass.
- such an opening with the frame, sashes, and panes of glass, or any other device, by which it is closed.
- the frame, sashes, and panes of glass, or the like, intended to fit such an opening: Finally the builders put in the windows.
- a windowpane.
- anything likened to a window in appearance or function, as a transparent section in an envelope, displaying the address.
- a period of time regarded as highly favorable for initiating or completing something: Investors have a window of perhaps six months before interest rates rise.
- Military. chaff1(def 5).
- Geology. fenster.
- Pharmacology. the drug dosage range that results in a therapeutic effect, a lower dose being insufficient and a higher dose being toxic.
- launch window.
- a specific area at the outer limits of the earth's atmosphere through which a spacecraft must reenter to arrive safely at its planned destination.
- Computers. a section of a display screen that can be created for viewing information from another part of a file or from another file: The split screen feature enables a user to create two or more windows.
- to furnish with a window or windows.
- Obsolete. to display or put in a window.
Origin of window
Examples from the Web for window
The interior video shows the gunman firing the shot through the window.Shot Down During the NYPD Slowdown
January 7, 2015
I fall back into a dream and then suddenly there is a tapping on the window just above my bed.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
As it was, The Affair ended its first season last night with me contemplating hurling my television out of the window.What On Earth Is ‘The Affair’ About? Season One’s Baffling Finale
December 22, 2014
The younger man rolled down his window to receive the approaching Williams “to see what he wanted.”Exposed: The Gay-Bashing Pastor’s Same-Sex Assault
December 21, 2014
Her son peeked out the window and told me his mother had left Havana for La Lisa to visit a dying relative.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind
December 19, 2014
No answer coming, he peered through the window, but saw no one.
Jumping over the window sill, the visitor found himself in this room.
Just then Ben Haley, looking from the window, saw some chickens in the yard.
Hester had seen him from the window, and she answered the bell herself.
And still more of this belated spring will gladden the eye in the florist's window.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
- a light framework, made of timber, metal, or plastic, that contains glass or glazed opening frames and is placed in a wall or roof to let in light or air or to see throughRelated adjective: fenestral
- an opening in the wall or roof of a building that is provided to let in light or air or to see through
- See windowpane
- the display space in and directly behind a shop windowthe dress in the window
- any opening or structure resembling a window in function or appearance, such as the transparent area of an envelope revealing an address within
- an opportunity to see or understand something usually unseena window on the workings of Parliament
- a period of unbooked time in a diary, schedule, etc
- short for launch window, weather window
- physics a region of the spectrum in which a medium transmits electromagnetic radiationSee also radio window
- computing an area of a VDU display that may be manipulated separately from the rest of the display area; typically different files can be displayed simultaneously in different overlapping windows
- (modifier) of or relating to a window or windowsa window ledge
- out of the window informal dispensed with; disregarded
- (tr) to furnish with or as if with windows
Word Origin and History for window
early 13c., literally "wind eye," from Old Norse vindauga, from vindr "wind" (see wind (n.1)) + auga "eye. (see eye (n.)). Replaced Old English eagþyrl, literally "eye-hole," and eagduru, literally "eye-door."
Originally an unglazed hole in a roof, most Germanic languages adopted a version of Latin fenestra to describe the glass version, and English used fenester as a parallel word till mid-16c. Window dressing is first recorded 1790; figurative sense is from 1898. Window seat is attested from 1778. Window-shopping is recorded from 1922. Window of opportunity (1979) is from earlier figurative use in U.S. space program, e.g. launch window (1965).
- A fenestra.
Idioms and Phrases with window
see out the window.