windshield

[ wind-sheeld, win- ]
/ ˈwɪndˌʃild, ˈwɪn- /
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noun

a shield of glass, in one or more sections, projecting above and across the dashboard of an automobile.

Nearby words

  1. windsail,
  2. windsailing,
  3. windscale,
  4. windscreen,
  5. windscreen wiper,
  6. windshield wiper,
  7. windsock,
  8. windsor,
  9. windsor and maidenhead,
  10. windsor bench

Origin of windshield

First recorded in 1900–05; wind1 + shield

Also called, especially British, wind-screen.

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British Dictionary definitions for windshield

windshield

/ (ˈwɪndˌʃiːld) /

noun

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
an object designed to shield something from the wind
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Word Origin and History for windshield

windshield

n.

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