window

Definitions

  • Two girls lean out of a window to feed birds
    Two girls lean out of a window to feed birds
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n window a framework of wood or metal that contains a glass windowpane and is built into a wall or roof to admit light or air
    • n window a transparent opening in a vehicle that allow vision out of the sides or back; usually is capable of being opened
    • n window a transparent panel (as of an envelope) inserted in an otherwise opaque material
    • n window (computer science) a rectangular part of a computer screen that contains a display different from the rest of the screen
    • n window 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"
    • n window a pane of glass in a window "the ball shattered the window"
    • n window an opening that resembles a window in appearance or function "he could see them through a window in the trees"
    • n window 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"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A monkey is in the window behind Aunt Thankful A monkey is in the window behind Aunt Thankful
Tim gazes at the goods in the confectioner's window Tim gazes at the goods in the confectioner's window
Squanko sitting on a wide window ledge Squanko sitting on a wide window ledge
Looking in the window Looking in the window
The professor peers out of his study window The professor peers out of his study window
Faust and Mephistopheles fly out of the window Faust and Mephistopheles fly out of the window
SUDDENLY A FACE PASSED THE WINDOW SUDDENLY A FACE PASSED THE WINDOW
Signy, at the top of the tree, looks in at the window Signy, at the top of the tree, looks in at the window

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The reason why the Canadian Arctic is called the "Land of the Midnight Sun" is because during the summer many communities have light 24 hours of the day. Many people have to cover their windows with tin foil to keep the light out when they sleep
    • Window A figure formed of lines crossing each other. "Till he has windows on his bread and butter."
    • Window 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.
    • Window (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.
    • Window 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. "I leaped from the window of the citadel.""Then to come, in spite of sorrow,
      And at my window bid good morrow."
    • Window (Arch) The shutter, casement, sash with its fittings, or other framework, which closes a window opening.
    • Window To furnish with windows.
    • Window To place at or in a window. "Wouldst thou be windowed in great Rome and see
      Thy master thus with pleach'd arms, bending down
      His corrigible neck?"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Over 10,000 birds a year die from smashing into windows
    • n window An opening in the wall of a building for the admission of light and air. In modern buildings this opening is usually fitted with a frame in which are set movable sashes containing panes of glass or other transparent material, the whole frame with the sashes, etc., also being known as the window. Many windows are not designed to be opened. Glass was employed in windows among the ancient Romans, and came into extensive use among other nations in the course of the eleventh century. See cuts under batement-light, multifoil, rose-window, and wheel-window.
    • n window An aperture or opening resembling a window or suggestive of a window.
    • n window In anatomy, one of two holes in the inner wall of the tympanum, called respectively the oval window and the round window, fenestra ovalis and fenestra rotunda. See fenestra.
    • n window A cover; a lid.
    • n window A figure formed by lines crossing one another.
    • n window A blank space.
    • window To furnish with a window or with windows.
    • window To make openings or rents in.
    • window To place in a window.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are no clocks or windows in any casino.
    • n Window win′dō an opening in the wall of a building for air and light: the frame in the opening: a cover, lid
    • v.t Window to furnish with windows: :
    • v.t Window (Shak.) to make rents in
    • v.t Window (Shak.) to place in a window
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Quotations

  • Erma Bombeck
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    “It goes without saying that you should never have more children than you have car windows.”
  • Doug Horton
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    “Conscience is the window of our spirit, evil is the curtain.”
  • Herbert Clark Hoover
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    “Freedom is the open window through which pours the sunlight of the human spirit and human dignity.”
  • Jewish Proverb
    Jewish Proverb
    “If God lived on earth, people would break his windows.”
  • Ogden Nash
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    “Marriage is an alliance entered into by a man who cannot sleep with window shut, and a woman who cannot sleep with the window open.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
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    “Don't throw stones at your neighbors , if your own windows are glass.”

Idioms

Window dressing - If something is done to pretend to be dealing with an issue or problem, rather than actually dealing with it, it is window dressing.
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Window to the soul - Eyes are sometimes referred to as the window to the soul.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. windowe, windoge, Icel. vindauga, window, properly, wind eye; akin to Dan. vindue,. . See Wind (n.), and Eye

Usage

In literature:

In a short silence the sound of the bell that the carman rang before the tram started for Hanbridge floated in through the open window.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
Cleave dismounted, and came, hat in hand, to the coach window.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
For windows, we had "chinkins" of wood.
"Old Rail Fence Corners" by Various
Moving lights showed through the many windows of the great house.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
It was a frosty day, and all the windows of every room where there was no fire were covered with silver palms.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1909 to 1922" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
It was moving from window to window of the dark wall.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
The tracery of the windows is unusual in design, and is similar to that in a window of the chapel at Merton College, Oxford.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Gloucester [2nd ed.]" by H. J. L. J. Massé
Opposite this window was another window from which came sound of voices.
"The Secret Witness" by George Gibbs
Alex started to his feet and ran to the window.
"The Young Railroaders" by Francis Lovell Coombs
An attic room just above the window so carefully closed, opened on this terrace.
"The Conspirators" by Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
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In poetry:

Outside my window
I know it is raining--
the leaves of the banana
first know its drumming.
"An early cricket chirps" by Bai JuYi
Through the window I see no star:
Something more near
Though deeper within darkness
Is entering the loneliness:
"The Thought-Fox" by Ted Hughes
"Then I shall make the window fast,
And I shall bar the door;
Oh, fear is bitter at my heart,
And I can bear no more."
"The Six Sorrows" by Dora Sigerson Shorter
Ah, I see!—the wooden pane
In the window, dull and dead,
Father called its loss a gain,
And a glass one put instead!
"Cottage-Songs" by George MacDonald
Oh, lead me to a quiet cell
Where never footfall rankles,
And bar the window passing well,
And gyve my wrists and ankles.
"Portrait Of The Artist" by Dorothy Parker
High o'er the hamlet proudly dight
Beyond the winding stream,
The windows of yon mansion bright
Shone in the evening beam.
"The Lass Of Fair Wone" by Charlotte Dacre

In news:

Once a month the Op-Ed page publishes Windows on the World, in which writers from around the world describe the views from their windows.
Weeks after launch of Windows 8, Microsoft's Windows guru waves goodbye.
To access the Windows Store, the user must have a Windows Live ID, which is used to track and purchase Windows Store applications.
First Published in PC Magazine, US Edition, March 23, 1999 Reloader , Version 1.0 Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT 4, Windows NT 5 beta 2.
A few months ago, our IT staff needed to replace all 1000 of our systems with new workstations running Windows XP Professional Edition and add a Windows 2000 server in each site.
I have had this problem under Windows 7 and Windows 8.
Many of the customers at Window World of Tidewater in the past would have replaced the windows in their homes all at once, said co-owner Josh Reed.
Because it is applied to the outside of the window, it doesn't matter if you windows are already tinted .
The system tray, introduced with Windows 95, uses a specific area on the Windows taskbar to display icon shortcuts for applications that run in the background.
Samba winbind, Windows security, Windows Server, Windows access control, UNIX , Linux.
Behind the Surface is HP, with three budget Windows 8 devices , and then the Asus VivoTab, also running Windows RT.
Simonton Windows offers its Prism Platinum window line.
This paper published by Windows Vista gives a background to build procedural application for Windows Vista.
Have you ever needed to remotely restart a Windows XP or Windows 2000 machine.
When Windows Phone 8 was announced I pointed out that the big difference was that it really was Windows.
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In science:

Gaussian for λ > 0.1. summed over the basis states |k i in the energy window ˆEk ± ∆ and then the ensemble averaged F ˆEk ( ˆE ) vs ˆE is constructed as a histogram; the value of ∆ is chosen to be 0.025 for λ ≤ 0.1 and beyond this ∆ = 0.1.
Structure of wavefunctions in (1+2)-body random matrix ensembles
Measure the width of the walk in a smaller time window t′ inside t.
Anomalous Roughness, Localization, and Globally Constrained Random Walks
There are two formulas for p(R), one more appropriate to small windows, another one to large windows.
Quantum Dynamics and Random Matrix Theory
The procedure is seeded by searching for the most energetic cluster and then collecting all the nearby clusters in a very narrow · -window and much wider `-window.
The CMS High Level Trigger
The top window illustrates the distribution in time of the four sub-windows plotted for the variables.
Planets in Stellar Clusters Extensive Search. IV. A detection of a possible transiting planet candidate in the open cluster NGC 2158
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