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 State Police released a surveillance video that shows the bikers surrounding the Buick, as well as photos of the car’s windshield and rear window completely shattered. Hanna Krueger,, 24 Nov. 2021 The damage included a flat tire and cracked windshield. John Benson, cleveland, 23 Nov. 2021 Plus, if your car has tech like adaptive cruise control or lane-keeping assistance, those functions rely on a camera housed behind the windshield. Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, 21 Nov. 2021 For anyone who must drive in bad weather, AAA recommends keeping the car windshield clean, making sure tires are properly inflated, slowing down during the drive and increasing the distance between the car in front. Hannah Sampson, Anchorage Daily News, 20 Nov. 2021 Another deputy inspected the Jeep, which had skull stickers matching a witness’s description, and found blood on the steering wheel, the windshield cracked and glass fragments scattered, according to the affidavit. Angie Dimichele,, 19 Nov. 2021 Faron II stood on the bumper of the massive fire truck Horn once commanded, the late lieutenant’s photo taped inside the windshield, as the crew gathered around him for one more round of photos. Kate Santich,, 19 Nov. 2021 Sussman was tossed onto the top of the vehicle, then rolled down the windshield and across the hood before being thrown onto the street, left unconscious and bleeding. Washington Post, 19 Nov. 2021 Along the windshield frame near the lower left corner is a silhouette of a mother jaguar and her cub; a puddle lamp projects a similar image onto the ground outside the E-Pace upon the driver's approach at night. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, 12 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of windshield

1902, in the meaning defined above

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1 Dec 2021

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“Windshield.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of windshield

: 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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