wind·​shield | \ ˈwin(d)-ˌshēld How to pronounce windshield (audio) \

Definition of windshield

: a transparent screen (as of glass) that protects the occupants of a vehicle especially : one in front of the occupants

Examples of windshield in a Sentence

The car had a damaged windshield.
Recent Examples on the Web As the truck came to a stop, Tonn fired five rounds at Monterrosa through the windshield. Shane Bauer, The New Yorker, "How a Deadly Police Force Ruled a City," 16 Nov. 2020 The eyeball view through the windshield was a different story, with darkness providing an effective camouflage. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "Helping cars see better at night is key to reducing pedestrian deaths," 25 Oct. 2020 Hess fired through the windshield, killing Henry and wounding one of his friends. Matt Spillane, USA TODAY, "You know George Floyd and Breonna Taylor's stories. 10 years after his death, you should also know DJ Henry's.," 18 Oct. 2020 Officer Aaron Hess fired four gunshots through the windshield, killing Henry and wounding one of his friends. NBC News, "Families seek new investigations into old police killings," 12 Oct. 2020 Officer Aaron Hess fired four gunshots through the windshield, killing Henry and wounding one of his friends. Denise Lavoie, Star Tribune, "Families seek new investigations into old police killings," 10 Oct. 2020 The Nikola One and the Tesla Semi resemble each other, sporting a curved windshield, bullet-like aerodynamic front and silver finish. Stephen Gandel, CBS News, "Tesla says embattled electric truck maker Nikola itself stole truck design," 24 Sep. 2020 The officer, responding to alleged looting at a Walgreens, fired a rifle from the back seat of a truck, through the windshield, as the truck pulled into the parking lot. Otis R. Taylor Jr.,, "Vallejo’s police association says it’s on board with needed reforms. But the union is part of the problem," 22 Sep. 2020 Gomez damaged the security gate as well as his car's tires and windshield, a spokeswoman for the Detroit Police Department told CNN. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "A driver was arrested for allegedly pulling a 'Dukes of Hazzard' stunt by jumping over a rising drawbridge," 21 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of windshield

1902, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of windshield was in 1902

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19 Nov 2020

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“Windshield.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of windshield

US : the window at the front of a car, truck, etc., that protects the driver and passengers
: a piece of glass above the handlebars of a motorcycle that protects the rider


wind·​shield | \ ˈwind-ˌshēld How to pronounce windshield (audio) \

Kids Definition of windshield

: a clear screen (as of glass) attached to the body of a vehicle (as a car) in front of the riders to protect them from the wind

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