window

[win-doh]

noun

verb (used with object)

to furnish with a window or windows.
Obsolete. to display or put in a window.

Origin of window

1175–1225; Middle English windoge, windowe < Old Norse vindauga, equivalent to vindr wind1 + auga eye
Related formswin·dow·less, adjectivewin·dow·y, adjectiveun·win·dowed, adjectivewell-win·dowed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for window

Contemporary Examples of window

Historical Examples of window

  • Hester had seen him from the window, and she answered the bell herself.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • No answer coming, he peered through the window, but saw no one.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • Jumping over the window sill, the visitor found himself in this room.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • Just then Ben Haley, looking from the window, saw some chickens in the yard.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • And still more of this belated spring will gladden the eye in the florist's window.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson


British Dictionary definitions for window

window

noun

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
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
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

verb

(tr) to furnish with or as if with windows

Word Origin for window

C13: from Old Norse vindauga, from vindr wind 1 + auga eye 1
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Word Origin and History for window
n.

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

window in Medicine

window

[wĭndō]

n.

A fenestra.
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Idioms and Phrases with window

window

see out the window.

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