win·​dow·​sill | \ ˈwin-dō-ˌsil How to pronounce windowsill (audio) , -də-\

Definition of windowsill

: the horizontal member at the bottom of a window opening

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If you're concerned that the drainage holes will ruin your tabletop or windowsill, use a saucer or liner to catch any excess water. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "10 Herbs You Can Grow Indoors Year-Round," 21 Nov. 2018 The translation of petit chou is little cabbage, which sounds almost as cute as this mini-vase will look holding a succulent on your desk or windowsill. Olivia Hall, The Seattle Times, "5 locally made home finds to spruce up your fall décor," 10 Sep. 2018 Gardening tips are given for all kinds of gardens: backyard, community-garden allotment, containers, and windowsills. Monica Carnesi,, "Free Library spring book picks for kids and teens," 4 Apr. 2018 There were switchblades and scissors on top of all the windowsills. Crystal Ponti, Harper's BAZAAR, "What It's Actually Like To Be Stalked by Joe," 12 Feb. 2019 Check on your pots every few days and once the sprouts start to emerge, move the pots to a windowsill or under a grow light. Jean Nick, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Your Own Turmeric Indoors," 22 July 2018 The power-window controls are in the windowsill on the top of the door, and the door handle is about thigh height. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "All SUV, all of the time: The Range Rover Sport reviewed," 12 July 2018 Now in my current place, cacti and small palms line the windowsill in my living room. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "I Can't Stop Buying Plants Even Though They Always Die," 9 Jan. 2019 At school, Betty checks out her mom’s story: there are initials on the windowsill and chalices in the trophy case. Jessica Macleish, Teen Vogue, "Someone Died in the Riverdale Flashback Episode and I Need to Talk About It ASAP," 8 Nov. 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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