wind·​screen | \ˈwin(d)-ˌskrēn \

Definition of windscreen 

1 : a screen that protects against the wind

2 chiefly British : windshield

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Here's the 17-race lineup for the 2018 IndyCar Series Scott Horner/IndyStar INDIANAPOLIS -- Call it a windscreen. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "IndyCar windscreen passes first test," 8 Feb. 2018 The vines here are set low to the ground, so exposed and forlorn that vignerons build small hemispherical windscreens from rock for each vine, for an almost unearthly effect, and yielding fruit that seems brimming with mineral heft. Patrick Comiskey,, "Cool white wines from hot climates," 15 May 2018 The front windscreen and canopy are resistant to small arms fire. Eric Tegler, Popular Mechanics, "Why the A-10 Warthog Is Such a Badass Plane," 19 Nov. 2016 Learn the lingo, old chap: Hood = bonnet, trunk = boot, windshield = windscreen. Sorted. Luann Gibbs,, "Top 5 events in Cincinnati this weekend," 6 July 2018 Fortunately nobody was hurt, but the new red car lost its windscreen and windows. Fox News, "Range Rover's roof ripped off when transport truck it's on misjudges bridge," 26 Apr. 2018 Among the top priorities will improving visibility, though maybe not so much with the windscreen as with his visor. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Josef Newgarden puts IndyCar windscreen through paces at IMS," 30 Apr. 2018 The solution is a slot or air extractor through the hood (bonnet) that passes air up and accelerates it over the windscreen. Jim Resnick, Ars Technica, "“Change like we’ve not seen in decades”—high-end auto designers go electric," 2 June 2018 The latest incident happened Sunday, when a JetBlue flight from San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Tampa, Florida, was diverted because of damage to the plane's windscreen. Eric Levenson, CNN, "Third flight in three weeks diverted because of damaged window," 7 May 2018

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1858, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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