window

noun, often attributive
win·​dow | \ ˈwin-(ˌ)dō How to pronounce window (audio) \

Definition of window

1a : 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
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
7 : a range of wavelengths in the electromagnetic spectrum to which a planet's atmosphere is transparent
8a : 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

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Other Words from window

windowless \ ˈwin-​dō-​ləs How to pronounce windowless (audio) , -​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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Upon arrival, Officer Schwausch arrived on scene and found the front window was broken and items had been stolen from the store. Houston Chronicle, "Bellaire Police Department weekly report," 13 July 2020 Those angled bays mean that every unit has at least one corner window — all the better to nab bay views that might lure potential buyers. John King, SFChronicle.com, "Twisty white Mira tower is dazzling on the skyline, but less so on the ground," 12 July 2020 The enrollment window for the online option is open for one week, from today until July 17. Arika Herron, The Indianapolis Star, "What you need to know about Indianapolis Public Schools plan to reopen next month," 11 July 2020 Besides colorful picnic tables on the sidewalk (6 feet apart for social distancing), the restaurant has a walk-up window for picking up takeout and curbside service. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Paloma Taco & Tequila opens on Milwaukee's west side (with a taco for dogs, too)," 11 July 2020 There is a walk-up window outside, and mask-wearing is enforced inside. Dallas News, "How a new Cajun market in Colleyville is thriving during the pandemic," 9 July 2020 Although there is no central air, there are ceiling fans and window units. Yadi Rodriguez, cleveland, "Airbnbs on, near Lake Erie shoreline you can book now for summer vacations," 13 July 2020 Vote-by-mail veterans and vendors of the equipment, software, ballots and envelopes that will be needed in November say the window to buy them is quickly closing. Andrew Taylor And Christina A. Cassidy, Houston Chronicle, "Ready or not: Election costs soar in prep for virus voting," 13 July 2020 There is a new roof, electrical and plumbing, and the balconies, front porch and window frames have been rebuilt and reinforced. oregonlive, "Showstopper Mount Tabor mansion, once vandalize, is now for sale at $2.5 million," 13 July 2020

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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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29 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Window.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/window. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for window

window

noun
How to pronounce window (audio)

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

window

noun
win·​dow | \ ˈwin-dō How to pronounce window (audio) \

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) How to pronounce window (audio) \

Medical Definition of window

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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