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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Greta was sitting outside on a bench with her grandmother in New York's Upper West Side when she was struck by a falling piece of a windowsill. Ragan Clark, Dallas News, "Author finds community with memoir on grieving his young daughter's death," 30 July 2019 This adaptation helps the succulent plant survive in tropical climates around the world — or in a pot in your windowsill — but the species can go beyond beautifying your garden. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The 5 Best Benefits of Aloe Vera Gel, According to Dermatologists," 8 July 2019 Make sure shrubs planted along the foundation stay below the level of the windowsills. Beth Botts,, "Think about home security when planting, maintaining garden," 18 June 2019 The Telegraph reported that Metcalf noticed the weapon sitting on a windowsill, and wanted to play with it. Rachel Desantis,, "Man Who Has 'Shown No Remorse' Pleads Guilty to Killing Great-Grandson, 6, with Air Rifle," 11 June 2019 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 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 Today the lamp rests on my windowsill, just visible from my bed. Alexis Cheung, Curbed, "Love, loss, and my Noguchi lamp," 22 June 2018 Buy a ticket in advance, and get ready to create the newest plant arrangement destined to decorate your windowsill., "Kendrick Lamar, Odunde Festival, and other great happenings, June 8-15," 7 June 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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