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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
win•dow /ˈwɪndoʊ/USA pronunciation
n. [countable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
- Buildingan opening in a building, vehicle, etc., for letting in air or light.
- Building, Architecturesuch an opening with its frame, sashes, and panes of glass.
- a period of time available or highly favorable for doing something:a window of opportunity.
- Computinga portion of a computer screen on which data can be displayed independent of the rest of the screen.
- Buildingan 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.
- Building, Architecturesuch an opening with the frame, sashes, and panes of glass, or any other device, by which it is closed.
- Buildingthe frame, sashes, and panes of glass, or the like, intended to fit such an opening:Finally the builders put in the windows.
- Buildinga windowpane.
- anything likened to a window in appearance or function, as a transparent section in an envelope, displaying the address.
- a period of time regarded as highly favorable for initiating or completing something:Investors have a window of perhaps six months before interest rates rise.
- Military[Mil.]chaff1 (def. 5).
- Drugs[Pharm.]the drug dosage range that results in a therapeutic effect, a lower dose being insufficient and a higher dose being toxic.
Computing[Computers.]a section of a display screen that can be created for viewing information from another part of a file or from another file:The split screen feature enables a user to create two or more windows.
- a specific area at the outer limits of the earth's atmosphere through which a spacecraft must reenter to arrive safely at its planned destination.
- Buildingto furnish with a window or windows.
- [Obs.]to display or put in a window.
- Old Norse vindauga, equivalent. to vindr wind1 + auga eye
- Middle English windoge, windowe 1175–1225
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window /ˈwɪndəʊ/ n
- a light framework, made of timber, metal, or plastic, that contains glass or glazed opening frames and is placed in a wall or roof to let in light or air or to see through
Related adjective(s): fenestral
- an opening in the wall or roof of a building that is provided to let in light or air or to see through
- See windowpane
- the display space in and directly behind a shop window: the dress in the window
- any opening or structure resembling a window in function or appearance, such as the transparent area of an envelope revealing an address within
- an opportunity to see or understand something usually unseen: a window on the workings of Parliament
- a period of unbooked time in a diary, schedule, etc
- short for launch window, weather window
- a region of the spectrum in which a medium transmits electromagnetic radiation
- an area of a VDU display that may be manipulated separately from the rest of the display area; typically different files can be displayed simultaneously in different overlapping windows
- (modifier) of or relating to a window or windows: a window ledge
- out of the window ⇒ informal dispensed with; disregarded
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old Norse vindauga, from vindr wind1 + auga eye1
- (transitive) to furnish with or as if with windows