Definition of fenestration in English:



  • 1Architecture
    The arrangement of windows in a building.

    • ‘Because these new second-story spaces do not touch the original brick enclosing wall, the building's fenestration remains intact.’
    • ‘Extensive fenestration and clerestory windows maximize natural light and provide views of the adjacent park and the city down oak-lined 36th Street.’
    • ‘The architects have responded positively to the museum's neighbour, applying the regular pattern of its fenestration to the adjacent administration offices.’
    • ‘This fenestration of mullions forms an arcading at plaza level.’
    • ‘A few unexpected moves push these time-honored forms into the modern world: extreme angles to the roof pitches, compressed fenestration with staggered window sizes, and square dormers.’
  • 2Botany Zoology
    The condition of being fenestrate.

    • ‘Turtles reflect the ancestral ‘anapsid’ condition and lack temporal fenestration.’
    • ‘Some workers suggest that this lack of fenestration is a secondary condition and that turtles should be placed in the Diapsida, but the diapsid vs. anapsid controversy is far from settled.’
    • ‘The lepospondyls are represented by the aistopods, which were already highly specialized in the fenestration of the skull, the great elongation of the vertebral column, and the complete loss of limbs.’
    • ‘It may even represent an early form of skull fenestration for jaw muscles.’
    • ‘The trait of temporal fenestration has been used extensively in phylogenetic studies of amniotes, but unfortunately, it is not a reliable guide to their evolution.’
  • 3Medicine
    A surgical operation in which a new opening is formed, especially in the bony labyrinth of the inner ear to treat certain types of deafness.

    • ‘This fenestration appears to ameliorate the postoperative course and diminish the incidence of postoperative effusions.’
    • ‘Occasionally the cysts cause pain because of distension of the liver capsule, and such patients may require cyst fenestration or partial liver resection.’
    • ‘Moreover, in the method utilising fenestration, the tube was left in place for 2-3 days for observation prior to permanently removing it.’
    • ‘Optic nerve sheath fenestration is done first by an incision into the orbit.’