wind·​shield ˈwin(d)-ˌshēld How to pronounce windshield (audio)
: a transparent screen (as of glass) that protects the occupants of a vehicle
especially : one in front of the occupants

Example Sentences

The car had a damaged windshield.
Recent Examples on the Web Thirty minutes later and roughly five miles away, another rock was thrown through a windshield, injuring the driver. Peter Charalambous, ABC News, 21 Apr. 2023 Police also found two bullet holes in the SUV’s windshield. Shanzeh Ahmad, Chicago Tribune, 13 Apr. 2023 Dirt biking in Philadelphia led to several violent incidents in the fall, including one in which a dirt biker threw a brick at a marked police cruiser, breaking the windshield. Sophie Hills, The Christian Science Monitor, 7 Apr. 2023 Photos circulating on social media show five men on the pavement with their hands tied – four of them shirtless – in front of a pickup truck, which has a handwritten letter of apology on the windshield. Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, 9 Mar. 2023 Then, while the children were in the car with his wife, Amy, Dolan was accused of throwing a toy truck at the vehicle and breaking the windshield, according to the affidavit. Brian Amaral,, 26 Jan. 2023 Nights are difficult for me still because after the show, Mom and I would sit up in the front of the bus, look out the windshield, and eat popcorn. Natalie Weiner, Vulture, 25 Jan. 2023 The one who’s only wiped enough snow off of their car to clear the tiniest slit of snow from their windshield, completely neglecting their rear or side windows, or head or taillights. Outside Online, 21 Dec. 2022 Along the way, the driver went off the side of the road, kicking up a rock that damaged the cruiser windshield. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 17 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1902, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of windshield was in 1902

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Cite this Entry

“Windshield.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


wind·​shield ˈwin(d)-ˌshēld How to pronounce windshield (audio)
: a clear screen (as of glass) in front of the riders of a vehicle

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