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[wind-sheeld, win-] /ˈwɪndˌʃild, ˈwɪn-/
a shield of glass, in one or more sections, projecting above and across the dashboard of an automobile.
Also called, especially British, wind-screen.
Origin of windshield
First recorded in 1900-05; wind1 + shield Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • But the opening of the windshield let in considerable of the driving rain.

    Dave Porter At Bear Camp Edward Stratemeyer
  • She was still sitting rigid, staring through the windshield.

  • She snatched the windshield open, and concentrated on that left rut.

    Free Air Sinclair Lewis
  • She was staring through the windshield at the rocket two hundred yards away.

    Breakaway Stanley Gimble
  • I asked, wondering why the windshield should look so blurred in the half-light.

    The Prairie Child Arthur Stringer
British Dictionary definitions for windshield


(US & Canadian) the sheet of flat or curved glass that forms a window of a motor vehicle, esp the front window Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) windscreen
an object designed to shield something from the wind
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for windshield

1902, from wind (n.1) + shield (n.). U.S. alternative to British windscreen (attested from 1905 in this sense).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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