lou·​ver | \ ˈlü-vər How to pronounce louver (audio) \
variants: or louvre

Definition of louver

1 : a roof lantern or turret often with slatted apertures for escape of smoke or admission of light in a medieval building
2a : an opening provided with one or more slanted fixed or movable fins to allow flow of air but to exclude rain or sun or to provide privacy
b : a finned or vaned device for controlling a flow of air or the radiation of light
c : a fin or shutter of a louver

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Other Words from louver

louvered or less commonly louvred \ ˈlü-​vərd How to pronounce louvred (audio) \ adjective

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There’s a city ordinance requiring parking decks to be screened with metal louvers or grates, but the imposing, blank facade still represented a daunting challenge to the building's appearance. Ely Portillo, charlotteobserver, "Here's how a developer is turning a drab parking deck into a huge Charlotte art piece | Charlotte Observer," 15 May 2018 Other materials include concrete, while details like industrial fittings, glass louvers, wood-burning stove, paneled walls, and built-in storage elevate the design beyond the rustic. Lauren Ro, Curbed, "Gorgeous A-frame retreat is also off-grid," 11 May 2018 At the rear, a combination of Gurney flaps and louvers direct air away from the deck, creating a low-pressure area that draws hot air out of the engine bay. Erik Johnson, Car and Driver, "McLaren Senna GTR: A $1.4 Million, 814-Plus-HP Track-Bound Ballistic Missile," 6 Mar. 2018 Elsewhere in the museum, the louver patterns are reflected directly onto the glass, like a bar code. Nikil Saval, New York Times, "Kengo Kuma’s Architecture of the Future," 15 Feb. 2018 The American Restaurant Other unique design elements include terraced landings, wood louvers on the windows and lots of gleaming brass accents. Sarah Gish, kansascity, "This stunning Kansas City restaurant is the James Beard Foundation's 2018 Design Icon | The Kansas City Star," 7 Mar. 2018 Throughout his buildings, unfinished beams and panels intersect with smoother, thinner louvers. Nikil Saval, New York Times, "Kengo Kuma’s Architecture of the Future," 15 Feb. 2018 The textured taillights and protruding dual exhaust tips are fantastic details, but unfortunately, Lego wasn’t able to find a way to incorporate the signature quarter-window louvers. Tony Markovich, Car and Driver, "Fastbrick: Ford and Lego Snap Together a 1968 Mustang Fastback Kit for the Seven-Year-Old in Everyone," 9 Feb. 2018 Construction Resources also found: Missing louver blades. Bob Sandrick, cleveland.com, "Strongsville's landmark clock tower needs repairs; city officials mum on when that might happen," 12 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of louver

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for louver

Middle English lover, from Anglo-French

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English Language Learners Definition of louver

: an opening in a door or window that has one or more slanted strips to allow air to flow in and out while keeping out rain and sun
: one of the slanted strips of a louver

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