One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A pane of glass in a window.
- ‘And sometimes when he sat alone in his dark house, listening to the wind shaking the windowpanes, he longed to be rid of the intense solitude that engulfed him.’
- ‘On one side there was a row of sturdy wooden tables and upholstered benches, separated by partitions topped with framed semicircular stained-glass windowpanes.’
- ‘Outside, rain was pattering against the windowpanes.’
- ‘We can already put a 500-pound bomb through a window; will choosing a particular windowpane within the window improve our performance?’
- ‘Then all is blank; and afterward the rains beat against the grimy windowpanes, or the snows fall upon my scant attire, the wheels rattle in the squalid streets where my life lies in poverty and mean employment.’
- ‘It was beautiful, in the same way that frost etchings on windowpanes are beautiful: cold, ordered, sweeping and vast.’
- ‘It didn't take long before the light drew the bugs, a half-dozen butting against the ceiling and lamps and more bouncing off windowpanes.’
- ‘I put my head on the cool glass of my windowpane and exhale a long breath that I've been holding for a while now.’
- ‘As evening approached, the rain persisted, streaking the windowpanes and drumming rhythmically against the rooftop.’
- ‘Flat, thin leaves of horn were translucent and used for windowpanes in place of glass.’
- ‘Sunlight from outside made the ice frosting the windowpanes glow.’
- ‘Esseri was waiting in the library, ensconced at her desk in the puddle of sunlight that seeped through the leaded windowpanes.’
- ‘Looters had stolen the furniture, the windowpanes, the electric fixtures.’
- ‘The intensity of the heat cracked windowpanes and forced him to flee for his life in the early hours.’
- ‘The next snowfall was half-hearted, the brief shower of semi-liquid slush spattering on the windowpanes and freezing when night came again.’
- ‘I breathed onto the windowpane and watched as some mist appeared on the glass.’
- ‘They smashed the windowpanes of the cinema, damaged the furniture and ransacked the canteen.’
- ‘The playhouse was positioned on concrete pavers and Lori and Charlie began the tasks of removing years of old paint, replacing boards, and installing new windowpanes.’
- ‘In addition, in these houses, many windowpanes were frosted as this was the only type available due to the war.’
2A broad flatfish with numerous dark spots, found in the western Atlantic.
Scophthalmus aquosus, family Scophthalmidae (or Bothidae)Also called sand dab
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