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window

noun , often attributive Save Word win·​dow | \ ˈwin-(ˌ)dō \

Definition of window

1 a : an opening especially in the wall of a building for admission of light and air that is usually closed by casements or sashes containing transparent material (such as glass) and capable of being opened and shut b : windowpane c : a space behind a window of a retail store containing displayed merchandise d : an opening in a partition or wall through which business is conducted a bank teller's window 2 : a means of entrance or access especially : a means of obtaining information a window on history 3 : an opening (such as a shutter, slot, or valve) that resembles or suggests a window 4 : the transparent panel or opening of a window envelope 5 : the framework (such as a shutter or sash with its fittings) that closes a window opening 6 : chaff sense 4 7 : a range of wavelengths in the electromagnetic spectrum to which a planet's atmosphere is transparent 8 a : an interval of time within which a rocket or spacecraft must be launched to accomplish a particular mission b : an interval of time during which certain conditions or an opportunity exists a window of vulnerability 9 : an area at the limits of the earth's sensible atmosphere through which a spacecraft must pass for successful reentry 10 : any of various rectangular boxes appearing on a computer screen that display files or program output, that can usually be moved and resized, and that facilitate multitasking out the window : out of existence, use, or consideration Other Words from window Example Sentences Learn More About window

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Other Words from window

windowless \ ˈwin-​dō-​ləs , -​də-​ \ adjective

Examples of window in a Sentence

She opened a window to let in some air. I looked out the window and saw a deer. He used vinegar and water to wash the windows . He accidentally broke a window . Can you roll down the car window ? The windows along 5th Avenue were all decorated for Christmas. I saw a beautiful dress in the window . He sits behind a window and sells movie tickets. Make sure the address shows through the window in the envelope. A window opened in the fog and we could finally see the ocean. See More Recent Examples on the Web The concept is clever and simple: Seven playwrights write seven sin-themed plays, which appear in seven actual store- window displays. Helen Shaw, Vulture , 30 June 2021 Every nut, bolt, window , door, even the roof tiles were cataloged, wrapped and shipped to Polymath Park. CBS News , 27 June 2021 An initial investigation found the woman was angry and verbally abused the cashier after pulling up to the drive-thru window of the KFC in Shelbyville, which is about 30 miles east of Louisville. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal , 25 June 2021 That leaves just a small window for Scott and the other two lead negotiators -- Democratic Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Democratic Rep. Karen Bass of California -- to strike a deal that will satisfy both parties. Paul Leblanc, CNN , 21 June 2021 The Charger’s passenger window , where Todd was sitting, went up and down a couple times and as Golden got up to the Charger, a shot was fired, according to the affidavit. Meredith Colias-pete, chicagotribune.com , 18 June 2021 But he's also made some tight- window throws that have been nothing less than spectacular. John Reid, USA TODAY , 17 June 2021 An employee knocked in the SUV’s window , which woke up the man. John Benson, cleveland , 16 June 2021 Devil's Den is an underground spring inside a dry cave, formed by a karst window , which means that the ground over a subterranean river collapsed, exposing the water to the world above. Skye Sherman, Travel + Leisure , 12 June 2021

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First Known Use of window

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for window

Middle English windowe , from Old Norse vindauga , from vindr wind (akin to Old English wind ) + auga eye; akin to Old English ēage eye — more at eye

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The first known use of window was in the 13th century

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throw (something) out the window

window display

window of opportunity

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“Window.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary , Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/window. Accessed 15 Jul. 2021.

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window

noun

English Language Learners Definition of window

: an opening in a wall, door, etc., that usually contains a sheet of glass : a sheet of glass that covers an opening in a building, vehicle, etc. : a large window at the front of a store where goods are displayed so that they can be seen by people who are walking past

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window

noun win·​dow | \ ˈwin-dō \

Kids Definition of window

1 : an opening in a wall to let in light and air 2 : the glass and frame that fill a window opening 3 : any of the areas into which a computer display may be divided and on which different types of information may be shown

Other Words from window

windowless adjective a windowless room

window

noun win·​dow | \ ˈwin-(ˌ)dō, -də(-w) \

Medical Definition of window

1 : fenestra sense 1 2 : a small surgically created opening : fenestra sense 2a 3 : a usually narrow interval of time or range of values for which a certain condition or an opportunity exists coma and multiorgan failure can occur within hours and there may be a very narrow window of opportunity for transplantation J. P. A. Lodge — see therapeutic window

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