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.

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With its famous paneled windshield and actual working toggle switches, the Falcon’s cockpit is something out of nerd Valhalla. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The Star Wars Park Is a Space-Junk Fantasy," 5 June 2019 The rider was ejected onto the hood and windshield of the vehicle. Katie Moore, kansascity, "Bicyclist suffers life-threatening injuries after being struck by car," 3 June 2019 The van will have heavy front end damage, including the hood and windshield. Indianapolis Star, "Indy man dies from injuries in hit-and-run crash," 27 Apr. 2018 Or the adorable, painted-on windshield wipers? Or that streaked glass detail? Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, "This Camper-Inspired Picnic Blanket Is the Ultimate Retro Accessory for Summer," 11 Apr. 2019 Kevin Hoffer was driving underneath an overpass when chunks of snow and ice displaced from a plow truck crashed onto his SUV's windshield. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "This Terrifying Viral Video Shows Falling Snow Shatter a Driver's Windshield," 5 Dec. 2018 Police cadets — who are all college students working part-time — have been canvassing tourist hot spots, leaving notices on windshields and warning passersby. Heather Knight, San Francisco Chronicle, "What deters smash-and-grabs? Nothing — when that’s what’s in the car," 3 Apr. 2018 The windshield and rear driver door window of the victim's vehicle was damaged. Houston Chronicle, "Bellaire Police Department report," 2 Apr. 2018 Baker allegedly threw a rock at the car’s windshield before four shots were fired, according to witnesses. Abigail Feldman,, "Second suspect arrested in fatal Brockton shooting," 12 June 2018

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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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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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