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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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 According to police reports, Marcial-Chagala approached a car parked a few blocks from his home, opened the door, punched the victim and then threw a rock at the car’s windshield, which cracked as a result. Staff Report,, "Vernon Hills police: Shoplifter wrestled store security, fled in waiting car," 27 Apr. 2018 The impact knocked him out of his pants and shoes, and thrust his body through the car’s front windshield into the passenger seat. Teri Figueroa,, "Jury: deadly Oceanside crash was second-degree murder," 6 Apr. 2018 Melinda Cullen, his daughter-in-law, was driving home from work on I-80 when the wheel hub of a semi-tractor trailer became detached and smashed into her car’s windshield, Illinois police say. Josh Magness, miamiherald, "'Could happen to anyone at any time': Flying wheel hub kills pregnant mom of 3, Illinois cops say | Miami Herald," 8 Mar. 2018 The handles are flush with the doors when the car is in motion, and even the windshield wiper lives out of the airflow underneath the front cowl. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The 2019 Hyundai Nexo is an upmarket hydrogen fuel-cell SUV," 26 Oct. 2018 Chinese aviation authorities are investigating how the cockpit windshield of a Sichuan Airlines Airbus A319 jetliner blew out in midair, endangering the plane and those on board. Trefor Moss, WSJ, "China Investigating How Cockpit Windshield Blew Out of Sichuan Airlines Flight," 15 May 2018 The rear windshield of a Toyota RAV4, parked in a lot at rear of a building in the 10500 block of Crown Road, was reported broken on March 29. Deborah Kadin,, "Police reports: Vehicle stolen, other vehicles damaged on Crown Road in Franklin Park," 6 Apr. 2018 Unbeknownst to them, the pilot was trying to steer the aircraft with his co-pilot partially out of the windshield. NBC News, "Sichuan Airlines co-pilot sucked halfway out cockpit window, pilot says," 15 May 2018

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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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