window

n.
1 a an opening in a wall, roof, or vehicle etc., usu. with glass in fixed, sliding, or hinged frames, to admit light or air etc. and allow the occupants to see out. b the glass filling this opening (have broken the window).
2 a space for display behind the front window of a shop.
3 an aperture in a wall etc. through which customers are served in a bank, ticket office, etc.
4 an opportunity to observe or learn.
5 an opening or transparent part in an envelope to show an address.
6 a part of a VDU display selected to show a particular category or part of the data.
7 a an interval during which atmospheric and astronomical circumstances are suitable for the launch of a spacecraft. b any interval or opportunity for action.
8 strips of metal foil dispersed in the air to obstruct radar detection.
9 a range of electromagnetic wavelengths for which a medium is transparent.
Phrases and idioms:
out of the window colloq. no longer taken into account. window-box a box placed on an outside window-sill for growing flowers. window-cleaner a person who is employed to clean windows. window-dressing
1 the art of arranging a display in a shop-window etc.
2 an adroit presentation of facts etc. to give a deceptively favourable impression. window-ledge = window-sill. window-pane a pane of glass in a window.
window-seat
1 a seat below a window, esp. in a bay or alcove.
2 a seat next to a window in an aircraft, train, etc. window-shop (-shopped, -shopping) look at goods displayed in shop-windows, usu. without buying anything. window-shopper a person who window-shops. window-sill a sill below a window. window tax Brit. hist. a tax on windows or similar openings (abolished in 1851).
Derivatives:
windowed adj. (also in comb.). windowless adj.
Etymology: ME f. ON vindauga (as WIND(1), EYE)

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • Window — Win dow, n. [OE. windowe, windoge, Icel. vindauga window, properly, wind eye; akin to Dan. vindue. ????. See {Wind}, n., and {Eye}.] [1913 Webster] 1. An opening in the wall of a building for the admission of light and air, usually closed by… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • window — window, casement, dormer, oriel can mean an opening in the wall of a building that is usually covered with glass and serves to admit light and air. Window is the ordinary general term for the entire structure, including both its framework and the …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • window — (n.) early 13c., lit. wind eye, from O.N. vindauga, from vindr wind (see WIND (Cf. wind) (n.1)) + auga eye. (see EYE (Cf. eye) (n.)). Replaced O.E. eagþyrl, lit. eye hole, and eagduru, lit …   Etymology dictionary

  • window — [win′dō] n. [ME windoge < ON vindauga, window, lit., wind eye < vindr, WIND2 + auga, an eye; akin to Ger auge, EYE] 1. a) an opening in a building, vehicle, or container, for letting in light or air or for looking through, usually having a… …   English World dictionary

  • Window — (von engl. window „Fenster“) oder Plural Windows ([ˈwɪndoʊz]) stehen für: Microsoft Windows, ein Betriebssystem der Firma Microsoft Fenster (Computer), ein Benutzerschnittstellenkonzept bei Computern X Window System, eine grafische… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • window — WÍNDOW s.n. Fereastră, geam; vitrină. [pr. uíndău] (din engl. window) Trimis de tavi, 14.05.2008. Sursa: MDN  WINDOW [UÍNDOU] s. n. fereastră, geam; vitrină. (< engl. window) Trimis de raduborza, 14.02.2008. Sursa: MDN …   Dicționar Român

  • window — ► NOUN 1) an opening in a wall or roof, fitted with glass in a frame to let in light or air and allow people to see out. 2) an opening through which customers are served in a bank, ticket office, etc. 3) a transparent panel in an envelope to show …   English terms dictionary

  • Window — Win dow, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Windowed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Windowing}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To furnish with windows. [1913 Webster] 2. To place at or in a window. [R.] [1913 Webster] Wouldst thou be windowed in great Rome and see Thy master thus… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Window — This article is about the part of a building. For the Microsoft operating system, see Microsoft Windows. For other uses, see Window (disambiguation) and Windows (disambiguation). Pair of windows, Old Ship Church, Hingham, Massachusetts …   Wikipedia

  • window — windowless, adj. windowy, adj. /win doh/, n. 1. an opening in the wall of a building, the side of a vehicle, etc., for the admission of air or light, or both, commonly fitted with a frame in which are set movable sashes containing panes of glass …   Universalium

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