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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The gunfire flattened the tire of a parked van, another vehicle’s windshield was broken and a bullet hole appeared to be on the outside of a home, according to a police spokesman. Mara H. Gottfried, Twin Cities, "‘Shots fired’ have St. Paul police on alert after spate of gun violence," 15 Sep. 2019 The officer called for backup and noticed the Explorer had damage to the front fender and windshield. Wayne K. Roustan,, "Man charged with DUI manslaughter in hit-run that killed bicyclist," 13 Sep. 2019 On June 24, a bullet shattered the windshield of a bus passing inches away from the driver's dead in Winton Hills. Cameron Knight,, "A deadly bus ride home: Neko Larkin, brother, father, lyricist," 20 Aug. 2019 That meant eliminating the huge windshield that gave riders on the current model an unobstructed view of the track ahead (the driver sat in a small cabin overhead, using cameras to monitor his surroundings). Wired, "Imagine the Views From This Italian-Designed Swiss Train," 8 Sep. 2019 Property Damage: On Aug. 23, a 37-year-old smashed the windshield on vehicle parked in a garage in the 1300 block of Camden Avenue. Jake Richardson, The Mercury News, "Campbell crime report for the week of Sept. 6," 29 Aug. 2019 Moreno told the outlet, adding that there was damage to the windshield, hood and roof. Ashley Boucher,, "Man Who Invited Public to Funeral of El Paso Shooting Victim Has Car Stolen After He Buries Wife," 19 Aug. 2019 Steering was mushy at best, the transmission felt suicidal, and the wipers didn’t so much move a molecule of mist from the windshield. Eric Adams, WIRED, "VW Revives the Classic Dune Buggy as an All-Electric Blast," 17 Aug. 2019 The rocks hit the top of the vehicle, shattered the rear windshield and caused fatal injuries to the 14-year-old, Glacier National Park said in the statement. NBC News, "Utah girl, 14, killed by falling rock at Glacier National Park," 14 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of windshield

1902, in the meaning defined above

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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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