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  1. a plate of glass for filling a window sash within the frame.
  2. a flounder, Scophthalmus aquosus, occurring along the Atlantic coast of North America, characterized by the thinness and translucency of its body.
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  1. designating or having a large, regular design of intersecting lines resembling a series of windowpanes: a windowpane plaid sweater.
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Origin of windowpane

First recorded in 1810–20; window + pane
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Examples from the Web for windowpane

Historical Examples of windowpane

  • Before Bangs could answer there was a rap on the windowpane.

    Galusha the Magnificent

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • There was no light except the gleam of the fire upon the windowpane.

  • The house itself was dark, but for a flicker of firelight on a windowpane.

  • I perceived it as clearly as a thing seen through a windowpane.

  • But just then, all at once, something gave three taps on the windowpane.

British Dictionary definitions for windowpane


  1. a sheet of glass in a window
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