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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Suicide bombers struck a Brussels metro station and an airport, killing 32.Photo: Yorick Jansens/Belga/ZUMA Press France: An investigator measures the bullet-riddled windshield of a truck that was driven down the Promenade des Anglais in Nice. Joanna Sugden, WSJ, "Car Crashes Outside U.K. Parliament in Suspected Terror Attack," 14 Aug. 2018 Captain Liu Chuanjian made an emergency landing on Monday after windshield of his Sichuan Airlines plane shattered and his co-pilot was sucked halfway out of the window, according to CNN. Megan Stein,, "Pilot Makes Emergency Landing After Crew Member Gets 'Sucked Halfway Out of the Window' Mid Flight," 15 May 2018 The co-pilot of an Airbus A319 jetliner was sucked halfway out of the cockpit after the windshield of the plane suddenly shattered at 32,000 feet. Alana Abramson, Time, "Co-Pilot Sucked Out Plane Window After Airbus Windshield Shatters at 32,000 Feet," 15 May 2018 Pam Standfield The turkey crashed into the windshield of their maroon Chevrolet van, shattering the glass. Kaitlyn Schwers, kansascity, "A turkey crashed through their windshield in 'freak accident.' It hit her in the face | The Kansas City Star," 9 May 2018 The back windshield of the Focus, and one of its back passenger windows were busted out. Chelsea Brasted,, "NOPD investigating 7th Ward shooting Sunday evening," 22 Apr. 2018 As the Royals were driving in from the Toronto airport Sunday night, one of their two team buses had a large piece of ice fly off and hit the windshield of the second bus. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Kansas City Royals team bus hit by chunk of flying ice, relief pitcher takes wheel," 16 Apr. 2018 This was targeted vehicle windshields to stop drivers approaching checkpoints. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "The Secret History of Plasma Weapons," 14 Nov. 2018 The automakers have invested millions in Swiss tech firm Wayray, which is developing an augmented reality system that can be incorporated into a car windshield and display animated information. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "Hyundai and Porsche team up with Wayray on augmented reality tech," 21 Sep. 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 \

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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