: 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
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
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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
: an opening in a partition or wall through which business is conducted
a bank teller's window
: a period of time during which a certain condition exists
a window of opportunity
: any of the areas into which a computer display may be divided and on which distinctly different types of information are displayed
from early Norse vindauga, literally "wind's eye," from vindr "wind" and auga "eye"
The English word window comes from an early Norse word vindauga. Vindauga was formed by a combination of vindr, meaning "wind," and auga, meaning "eye." Vindauga could be translated as "wind's eye." A window can be thought of as an eye, or hole, through which the wind can enter.