English - Etymology
From Middle English windowe, windohe, windoge, from Old Norse vindauga (“window”, literally “wind-eye", "wind-aperture", "wind-hole”), equivalent to wind + eye. Cognate with Scots wyndo, wyndok, winnock (“window”), Icelandic vindauga (“window”), Norwegian Nynorsk vindauga, Norwegian Bokmål vindu (“window”), Danish vindue (“window”), Swedish vindöga (“window”), old German Windauge. The “windows” in these times were just unglazed holes (eyes) in the wall or roof that permitted wind to pass through.
English - Pronunciation
English - Noun
An opening, usually covered by one or more panes of clear glass, to allow light and air from outside to enter a building or vehicle.
1879, Richard Jefferies, The Amateur Poacher, chapter1:
- But then I had the [massive] flintlock by me for protection. ¶ […] The linen-press and a chest on the top of it formed, however, a very good gun-carriage; and, thus mounted, aim could be taken out of the window at the old mare feeding in the meadow below by the brook, and a 'bead' could be drawn upon Molly, the dairymaid, kissing the fogger behind the hedge, […].
- 1952, L. F. Salzman, Building in England, p.173:
- 1879, Richard Jefferies, The Amateur Poacher, chapter1:
An opening, usually covered by glass, in a shop which allows people to view the shop and its products from outside.
1915, George A. Birmingham, Gossamer, chapterI:
- There is an hour or two, after the passengers have embarked, which is disquieting and fussy. […] Passengers wander restlessly about or hurry, with futile energy, from place to place. Pushing men hustle each other at the windows of the purser's office, under pretence of expecting letters or despatching telegrams.
- 1915, George A. Birmingham, Gossamer, chapterI:
- (architecture) The shutter, casement, sash with its fittings, or other framework, which closes a window opening.
- A period of time when something is available.
- (graphical user interface) A rectangular area on a computer terminal or screen containing some kind of user interface, displaying the output of and allowing input for one of a number of simultaneously running computer processes.
- A figure formed of lines crossing each other.