wind·​shield | \ˈwin(d)-ˌshēld \

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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One sandbag smashed through a car windshield and hit a rider, 22-year-old Marquise Byrd, of Warren, Michigan. Robert Gearty, Fox News, "'Madness': Family outraged that 4 teens sentenced to youth treatment after sandbag hits car, kills man," 2 Oct. 2018 Another took a golf ball to the windshield while driving near a city course. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "A Cruise-on-Cruise Crash Reveals the Hardest Thing About Self-Driving Tech," 3 July 2018 The windshield was blown off at a 10,000-meter-high altitude. Bard Wilkinson, CNN, "Co-pilot sucked halfway out of cockpit on Chinese flight," 15 May 2018 The atmosphere vaporizes the shooting star much as your windshield smashes an unlucky insect. Matthew Cappucci, Washington Post, "The Lyrid meteor shower peaks Saturday night: Viewing tips," 20 Apr. 2018 Jones fired three times through the windshield, and Pinkins fired through the open driver-side window, police said. Max Londberg, kansascity, "Security guards with Overland Park firm murder man in car outside KC bar, police say," 11 July 2018 Hillsborough County Sherriff deputies discovered Morse’s car in Pebble Creek with a piece of tape across the windshield, covering the damage. Deanna Paul, Washington Post, "A man said he was going to kill someone — then mowed down a family riding bikes, police say," 25 June 2018 The car continued west on Elm Avenue with damage to the front windshield, bumper and hood. Avery Jennings,, "Norwood police: 7-year-old struck, black Nissan Versa fled scene," 24 June 2018 As cars approached the turnstile, the cameras would capture a clear shot of the driver’s face through the windshield, images that researchers would later use to develop an experimental facial recognition system designed for use at the border. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "New Homeland Security system will bring facial recognition to land borders this summer," 5 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

: 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 \

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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