win·​dow·​sill | \ˈwin-dō-ˌsil, -də-\

Definition of windowsill 

: the horizontal member at the bottom of a window opening

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Drip coffee was brewed, and buckets of peonies decorated the windowsill on one recent day, almost as striking as the flowers and frosting and sophisticated flavors of the cakes. Rebekah Denn, The Seattle Times, "A bustling new Georgetown cake shop is thriving in a century-old building," 11 July 2018 The truck plowed along slowly, its headlights often the only illumination as the team passed houses with water lapping at the bottom of their windowsills. Erin Ailworth, WSJ, "Amid Florence’s Chaos, Rescue Team Keeps Going," 15 Sep. 2018 School gardens have been used as an educational tool in the United States for well over a century, developing from standard vegetable beds into year-round windowsill settings, Grow Labs and hydroponic towers. Dean Fosdick, The Seattle Times, "Many schools keep gardening efforts going all summer," 23 July 2018 Double-check that windowsills are clean and can shed water. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The Homeowner's Last-Minute Hurricane Prep Checklist," 25 Aug. 2017 After that most patients are like popsicles left on a windowsill—the weight just melts off. David Sedaris, Town & Country, "David Sedaris on His Love-Hate Relationship With Reality TV," 1 June 2017 Place them on the ground or on a pedestal, mount them on a windowsill, or hang them from your porch. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need To Know About Container Gardening," 1 June 2017 Displays of pale pink and white roses paired with verdant stems spilled over windowsills and topped pillars, while larger tree-like structures of bark, greenery, and white blooms decorated the aisle of the historic parish. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "See Pippa Middleton's Gorgeous Wedding Flowers," 22 May 2017 Just park them on a south-facing windowsill and watch them get stronger. Sunset, "10 Fall Gardening Chores to Prep for Winter," 22 Jan. 2018

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1703, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of windowsill

: a narrow shelf that is attached to the bottom of a window


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