Definition of window in English:



  • 1An opening in the wall or roof of a building or vehicle that is fitted with glass or other transparent material in a frame to admit light or air and allow people to see out.

    • ‘The apartments and penthouses have double-glazed redwood framed windows, fitted kitchens and gas-fired central heating.’
    • ‘The thieves broke in by forcing a casement window in the dining room before ransacking the house.’
    • ‘Light is drawn into the room through a large bay window overlooking the front garden.’
    • ‘The living room has a large double-glazed sash window overlooking Macken Street as well as a cast-iron fireplace.’
    • ‘Her eyes were gazing out the bay window in her room.’
    • ‘Carolyn has opened the bay window in the room and is looking outside, when Liz feels a chill.’
    • ‘Kat glanced out the car window looking around, taking as much of the place into her memory as possible.’
    • ‘The front passenger window rolled down just enough so she could see James Alcott.’
    • ‘A large shuttered sash window overlooking the communal square makes this an exceptionally bright area.’
    • ‘Both of the front bedroom windows were wide open and Nev sat in a chair by the bed.’
    • ‘All the houses will have a traditional look with curved timber framed windows, decorative roof detail and over-door pediments.’
    • ‘It has wider hallways, higher ceilings, more windows admitting more natural light and more places for students to hang out.’
    • ‘The glass panes of some windows in the office and officers' quarters had been broken.’
    • ‘The apartment has double-glazed sash windows and a cherrywood staircase set into a recessed wall.’
    • ‘The driver's window rolled down to reveal Jonathon with a huge grin on his face.’
    • ‘Because of the mild climate there were no glass panes in the windows.’
    • ‘He peered out the upstairs kitchen window to see two men outside.’
    • ‘He told the driver where to go and Juliet sat there, gazing out the tinted windows.’
    • ‘I turned my head to the left and saw Rashad leaning out the front passenger side window.’
    • ‘When I peeked out of the upstairs bedroom window, I spotted Robert's car down the street.’
    casement, opening, aperture
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    1. 1.1A pane of glass filling a window.
      ‘thieves smashed a window and took $600’
      • ‘In the overnight rioting, about 100 attackers set fire to Redfern railway station, torched a car and smashed windows.’
      • ‘Some teachers say they are too afraid to stay behind after school and such has been the ferocity of the attacks that classrooms were littered with shards of glass from smashed windows.’
      • ‘The pool was attacked three times last month by vandals who caused thousands of pounds-worth of damage when they ripped out CCTV cameras and smashed windows.’
      • ‘Mobs took advantage of the darkness and set fires, smashed windows and hauled away food, clothing and appliances, while the city went without power.’
      • ‘St Peter's Church has also been a target with stained glass windows smashed.’
      • ‘She said Mr Corner's car was parked outside the Lysley Arms on July 3 at about 10 pm, when Mr Maddox picked up a stool from the pub and smashed five windows.’
      • ‘The three-day summit left the ancient port of Genoa littered with burnt-out cars, smashed windows and vandalised property.’
      • ‘The windows were single pane glass that was stained with smoke, dirt, and the oils from human skin.’
      • ‘Guiding the girls out of the mansion through the smashed windows, Robert led them around to the front of the house.’
      • ‘Philip Nicholson, 43, said local youths had thrown stones and smashed four windows at his house in Alcuin Avenue, Tang Hall.’
      • ‘The rock smashed two windows and showered one passenger with glass.’
      • ‘In Harare yesterday hundreds of government supporters threw stones and smashed windows at the MDC headquarters.’
      • ‘Steady shelling was going on, and there were occasional spatters of machine gun fire through the smashed windows of her refuge.’
      • ‘In May it was burgled and the Victorian stained glass window was smashed.’
      • ‘In the early hours of New Year's Day, she said, Webb visited her home and smashed windows in her front door.’
      • ‘Kids recently smashed two windows in his work ute.’
      • ‘A stained glass window was smashed, along with plaster statues and the church organ, police said.’
      • ‘An elderly family, a pregnant woman and children were terrorised when the gang kicked in the front door, smashed windows and shouted racial abuse at them.’
      • ‘I had to visit someone in Leeds Royal Infirmary recently and in there they cleaned the ward daily - floors, walls, windows and bed frames etc.’
      • ‘I have lost count of the number of smashed plate glass windows in the town centre, and not just isolated premises, often several at a time.’
    2. 1.2An opening in a wall or screen through which customers are served in a bank, ticket office, or similar building.
      • ‘Teller windows at the Bank of France were mobbed by a record crowd as a deadline for declaring franc coins expired, the central bank said on Friday.’
      • ‘In the corridor leading to the interview windows, they have panoramic views of cities in America.’
      • ‘I was taken round the back and made my way in along a little narrow passage to a window serving as a reception desk.’
      • ‘You then presented this screen to the shopper in a pop-up window - something like a cash point ATM window.’
      • ‘I ran across the street to get into the office. There were several customers at the windows, some being served, others waiting to be served.’
      • ‘He paid Mr Wood through the window and took a ticket for the Leasgill gate.’
      • ‘Starting July 1st, two female personnel with rulers stand at the ticket windows to determine whether the length of the skirt earns a discount.’
      • ‘The colors are bright and cheery, and case officers sit at desks arranged in an open plan, rather than behind plexiglass windows.’
      • ‘They were carrying a hammer which they banged on the security windows of the bank as they demanded money.’
      • ‘In the ensuing chaos a few minutes after the ticket windows opened, all of the six ticket windows were damaged, and several women collapsed.’
      • ‘About 20 Gothamites are waiting in line in front of old-fashioned, gated bank windows.’
      • ‘It is anything but out of the ordinary, too, for the ‘sell-out’ signs to be posted on the ticket office windows of the arena.’
      • ‘The office was empty, swivel chairs motionless behind open reception windows.’
    3. 1.3A space on the inside of a store's window where goods are displayed for sale.
      ‘I prefer the red dress that's in the window’
      [as modifier] ‘beautiful window displays’
      • ‘They would have screamed and broken Gap windows.’
      • ‘Elise was in the front window of her shop, arranging a new display for the upcoming season.’
      • ‘Almost 50 town centre shops are giving up some of their window space to support carnival week.’
      • ‘In that film, shop displays and storefront windows greeted Tom Cruise with ideas of how to enhance his clothing selections.’
      • ‘I try to focus on the window displays of the shops that we pass instead of focusing on him.’
      • ‘He sped down the streets, looking into the windows of shops and restaurants.’
      • ‘Almost every shop has a notice in the window, advising customers of the proprietor's holiday arrangements.’
      • ‘She looked in the windows of the shops, and chatted with some of the store owners.’
      • ‘Food-themed window displays in many shops and businesses in the town also added extra interest.’
      • ‘To help during the transition period, the shop has put up posters in its windows explaining what customers should do when paying their bills in the future’
      • ‘As soon as the brown paper came down from the windows, customers started arriving.’
      • ‘The shop window display is one of the highlights of St Patrick's week in Castlebar.’
      • ‘The adjacent shop window display was filled with flowers and decorative plants.’
      • ‘Had it been a usual morning, people would have been walking about and peering in various shop display windows along the block.’
      • ‘Retail shops across the length and breadth of the city are dressing up their windows to attract customers.’
      • ‘The rest of my street was full of similarly old-fashioned houses, a few shops with iron barred windows, well-used cars and a group of bored looking kids hanging out on one corner.’
      • ‘She looked into one of the mirrored windows of a shop to check she looked OK.’
      • ‘Yuuba tugged on his mother's torn dress while she seemed to be staring into the window of a shop at a beautiful white silk gown.’
      • ‘This periodic table was spotted last week in Miami in the window of an Armani shop.’
      • ‘Keiko looked to Otaru, who was avoiding eye contact by looking at the windows of the shops across the street.’
  • 2A thing resembling a window in form or function, in particular.

    1. 2.1A transparent panel on an envelope to show an address.
      • ‘Do you feel obliged to tear out plastic windows in envelopes before recycling them?’
      • ‘However, on examination it transpired that envelope A did not actually have a window.’
      • ‘Just as I'm posting it, I notice no return address is showing in the envelope's window.’
      • ‘Police say the first four letters were sent using window envelopes, with the Elland Road address showing through the window.’
      • ‘This results in yellowed envelopes, shrunken address windows, and brittle paper.’
    2. 2.2Computing A framed area on a display screen for viewing information.
      • ‘Microsoft Windows users can think of a terminal as like a DOS prompt or command window.’
      • ‘The viewer gets the video and audio directly into his Internet browser window.’
      • ‘Other differences relate to the rules for entering a phrase into the search engine phrase window.’
      • ‘This will leave the last update in the client browser's window after your program exits.’
      • ‘You may need to scroll or resize the pop-up image window to get a good view.’
    3. 2.3A means of observing and learning about.
      ‘television is a window on the world’
      • ‘The news media serves as a window to events that we cannot encounter, acting as our eyes and ears when our own eyes and ears are occupied.’
      • ‘Doesn't your people believe that the eyes are the window to the soul?’
      • ‘Vijay Kranti hopes that the current exhibition will help open a window on the life of those who have made the country their own.’
      • ‘She gives a window into a fascinating world as she explains the significance of this decision.’
      • ‘The next few days could be an interesting exercise in self-discovery, and a window into the world of others.’
      • ‘When a keen reader writes about their reading, they are opening a window into their soul, and inviting you to step inside and share a holy thing.’
      • ‘Channel 5 is currently acting as a window on America, with its America's Finest strand.’
      • ‘In fact, what you'd mostly see would be the gulfs between the stars, the black expanses that serve as our windows on the rest of the universe.’
      • ‘It's most effective used as a road map of the recent past, or more trivially, a window on what happened the year you were born.’
      • ‘The actors performed A Doll's House, written by Ibsen, which provides a window on the life of a seemingly happy family.’
      • ‘Selectors and critics forget that this is a window on Indian cinema, good Indian cinema.’
      • ‘Watching Apollo 11 crew member Michael Collins shave is like having a window into a Heinlein novel.’
      • ‘When we started out it was all very fresh and exciting and like opening a window into a new world.’
      • ‘The report was a window into our boy, in an environment where we are not readily to hand to lean on or put things aright or correct him.’
      • ‘View them instead as a window into a world where different rules apply, and be thankful you don't live there.’
      • ‘Our very different records are a window into what we believe and what we'll do in the next four years.’
      • ‘Besides, it gives her a window on community wretchedness and some remarkable efforts to combat it.’
      • ‘Albuquerque also provided a window into how Iraq is playing with ordinary voters.’
      • ‘Well, they say the eyes are the window to the soul.’
      • ‘A time capsule full of treasures has opened a window into what life was like 113 years ago in Swindon.’
    4. 2.4Physics A range of electromagnetic wavelengths for which a medium (especially the atmosphere) is transparent.
      • ‘A series of overlapping windows representing the full range of sequence divergence were defined.’
      • ‘All of these windows are in infrared wavelengths, and they are narrow, like the gaps between the slats of a fence.’
  • 3An interval or opportunity for action.

    ‘February 15 to March 15 should be the final window for new offers’
    • ‘Not only that, we let him go on the last day of the window leaving us no time to invest the incoming funds.’
    • ‘There seems to be a window of optimal function, not immediately after eating, but between meals.’
    • ‘There are windows of tourism opportunity opening regularly but no-one available to spot them and act upon them before they slam shut.’
    • ‘Such a window of ideological opportunity is unlikely to come again soon.’
    • ‘Interview windows are usually made available to clients five to seven days before the event.’
    • ‘According to industry sources familiar with Virgin's plans, the company is assembling a range of offerings the music service will offer with a view to those launch windows.’
    • ‘Events such as the VJ Hunt provide such windows of advertising opportunity.’
    • ‘The Manchester victory has opened windows and doors of opportunity for New Oak.’
    • ‘The window period for intervention and measurement is therefore often shorter than optimal.’
    • ‘He smiled at the window of good opportunity that he thought he was getting into.’
    • ‘The choice of the time windows should span a range comparable to the delay values used in FCS.’
    opportunity, opportune time, suitable time, right moment, chance, opening
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    1. 3.1An interval during which atmospheric and astronomical circumstances are suitable for the launch of a spacecraft.
      • ‘The launch windows will move back to the daytime in September.’
      • ‘For interplanetary missions, such windows are much stricter than for satellites orbiting the Earth.’
      • ‘For a mission to Mars, such launch windows are available every twenty-six months, for only a couple months at a time.’
      • ‘Unlike for Mars, lunar launch windows are effectively continuous.’
      • ‘I have a system to insure my own safety and compromises are already made to work around task announcements and launch windows.’
      • ‘After the launch window opens but before anyone goes we decide to use that task instead of the same task as yesterday.’
      • ‘And the Gateway would also widen the very narrow launch windows for some planetary missions.’
      • ‘In related news, NASA said yesterday that the launch window for its next mission to Mars will open on 10 August.’
      • ‘They found no hint of trouble and were able to make their launch window in time.’
      • ‘No reference to the R200 or to its launch window were made in the Smartshader announcement.’
      • ‘I notice that Jim Lamb is suiting up early and he's thinking that its time to go soon after the launch window opens.’
      • ‘The launch window stays open and no one wants to go given the previous results and the pervasive gloom.’
      • ‘NASA is aiming to launch the craft during a launch window between 15 May and 3 June.’
  • 4Strips of metal foil or metal filings dispersed in the air to obstruct radar detection.


Middle English: from Old Norse vindauga, from vindr wind + auga eye.