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windshield

[wind-sheeld, win-]
noun
  1. a shield of glass, in one or more sections, projecting above and across the dashboard of an automobile.
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Origin of windshield

First recorded in 1900–05; wind1 + shield
Also called, especially British, wind-screen.
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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

windshield

noun
  1. US and Canadian the sheet of flat or curved glass that forms a window of a motor vehicle, esp the front windowAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): windscreen
  2. an object designed to shield something from the wind
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Word Origin and History for windshield

n.

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

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