1. a framework of wood or metal that contains a glass windowpane and is built into a wall or roof to admit light or air;
2. a transparent opening in a vehicle that allow vision out of the sides or back; usually is capable of being opened;
3. a transparent panel (as of an envelope) inserted in an otherwise opaque material;
4. an opening that resembles a window in appearance or function;
- Example: "he could see them through a window in the trees"
5. the time period that is considered best for starting or finishing something;
- Example: "the expanded window will give us time to catch the thieves"
- Example: "they had a window of less than an hour when an attack would have succeeded"
6. a pane of glass in a window;
- Example: "the ball shattered the window"
[syn: windowpane, window]
7. an opening in a wall or screen that admits light and air and through which customers can be served;
- Example: "he stuck his head in the window"
8. (computer science) a rectangular part of a computer screen that contains a display different from the rest of the screen;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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 casements or sashes containing some transparent material, as glass, and capable of being opened and shut at pleasure. [1913 Webster] I leaped from the window of the citadel. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Then to come, in spite of sorrow, And at my window bid good morrow. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. (Arch.) The shutter, casement, sash with its fittings, or other framework, which closes a window opening. [1913 Webster] 3. A figure formed of lines crossing each other. [R.] [1913 Webster] Till he has windows on his bread and butter. --King. [1913 Webster] 4. a period of time in which some activity may be uniquely possible, more easily accomplished, or more likely to succeed; as, a launch window for a mission to Mars. [PJC] 5. (Computers) a region on a computer display screen which represents a separate computational process, controlled more or less independently from the remaining part of the screen, and having widely varying functions, from simply displaying information to comprising a separate conceptual screen in which output can be visualized, input can be controlled, program dialogs may be accomplished, and a program may be controlled independently of any other processes occurring in the computer. The window may have a fixed location and size, or (as in modern Graphical User Interfaces) may have its size and location on the screen under the control of the operator. [PJC] [1913 Webster] French window (Arch.), a casement window in two folds, usually reaching to the floor; -- called also French casement. Window back (Arch.), the inside face of the low, and usually thin, piece of wall between the window sill and the floor below. Window blind, a blind or shade for a window. Window bole, part of a window closed by a shutter which can be opened at will. [Scot.] Window box, one of the hollows in the sides of a window frame for the weights which counterbalance a lifting sash. Window frame, the frame of a window which receives and holds the sashes or casement. Window glass, panes of glass for windows; the kind of glass used in windows. Window martin (Zool.), the common European martin. [Prov. Eng.] Window oyster (Zool.), a marine bivalve shell (Placuna placenta) native of the East Indies and China. Its valves are very broad, thin, and translucent, and are said to have been used formerly in place of glass. Window pane. (a) (Arch.) See Pane, n., 3 (b) . (b) (Zool.) See Windowpane, in the Vocabulary. Window sash, the sash, or light frame, in which panes of glass are set for windows. Window seat, a seat arranged in the recess of a window. See Window stool, under Stool. Window shade, a shade or blind for a window; usually, one that is hung on a roller. Window shell (Zool.), the window oyster. Window shutter, a shutter or blind used to close or darken windows. Window sill (Arch.), the flat piece of wood, stone, or the like, at the bottom of a window frame. Window swallow (Zool.), the common European martin. [Prov. Eng.] Window tax, a tax or duty formerly levied on all windows, or openings for light, above the number of eight in houses standing in cities or towns. [Eng.] [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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 with pleach'd arms, bending down His corrigible neck? --Shak. [1913 Webster]WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
window n 1: a framework of wood or metal that contains a glass windowpane and is built into a wall or roof to admit light or air 2: a transparent opening in a vehicle that allow vision out of the sides or back; usually is capable of being opened 3: a transparent panel (as of an envelope) inserted in an otherwise opaque material 4: an opening that resembles a window in appearance or function; "he could see them through a window in the trees" 5: the time period that is considered best for starting or finishing something; "the expanded window will give us time to catch the thieves"; "they had a window of less than an hour when an attack would have succeeded" 6: a pane of glass in a window; "the ball shattered the window" [syn: windowpane, window] 7: an opening in a wall or screen that admits light and air and through which customers can be served; "he stuck his head in the window" 8: (computer science) a rectangular part of a computer screen that contains a display different from the rest of the screenMoby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
28 Moby Thesaurus words for "window": aluminum foil, bay, bay window, bow window, casement, casement window, chaff, fan window, fanlight, grille, lancet window, lantern, lattice, light, louver window, oriel, pane, picture window, port, porthole, rose window, skylight, tinfoil, transom, wicket, window bay, window glass, windowpaneEaston's 1897 Bible Dictionary:
Window properly only an opening in a house for the admission of light and air, covered with lattice-work, which might be opened or closed (2 Kings 1:2; Acts 20:9). The spies in Jericho and Paul at Damascus were let down from the windows of houses abutting on the town wall (Josh. 2:15; 2 Cor. 11:33). The clouds are metaphorically called the "windows of heaven" (Gen. 7:11; Mal. 3:10). The word thus rendered in Isa. 54:12 ought rather to be rendered "battlements" (LXX., "bulwarks;" R.V., "pinnacles"), or as Gesenius renders it, "notched battlements, i.e., suns or rays of the sun"= having a radiated appearance like the sun.Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
WINDOW. An opening made in the wall of a house to admit light and air, and to enable those who are in to look out. 2. The owner has a right to make as many windows in his house when not built on the line of his property as he may deem proper, although by so doing be may destroy the privacy of his neighbors. Bac. Ab. Actions in general, B. 3. In cities and towns it is evident that the owner of a house cannot open windows in the partition wall without the consent of the owner of the adjoining property, unless he possesses the right of having ancient lights. (q.v.) The opening of such windows and destroying the privacy of the adjoining property, is not, however, actionable; the remedy against such encroachment is by obstructing them, without encroaching upon the rights of the party who opened them, so as to prevent a right from being acquired by twenty years use. 3 Camp. 82.