window meaning

[ 'windəu ] Pronunciation:   "window" in a sentence
Noun: window  window
  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"
    - windowpane 
  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 screen

Derived forms: windows

See also: fenestral

Type of: display, framework, gap, opening, pane, pane of glass, panel, period, period of time, time period, video display, window glass

Part of: auto, autobus, automobile, building, bus, car, charabanc [Brit], coach, computer display, computer screen, double-decker, edifice, jitney [N. Amer], machine, monitor, motorbus, motorcar, motorcoach, omnibus, passenger vehicle, window envelope

Encyclopedia: Window


An opening, generally in an external wall of a building, to admit light and provide ventilation; usually glazed. The framework in which the glass is set is called a sash; a flat sheet of glass, cut to fit a window, or part of a window, is called a pane. Many early glazed openings had fixed lights (i.e., could not be opened); others were a combination of fixed lights and a casement window that opened outward. For various types of windows, see angled bay window, art window, awning window, band window, bay window, blank window, bow window, bull's-eye window, camber window, cant-bay window, cantilevered window, cant window, casement window, Chicago window, circle-head window, circular window, clerestory window, compass window, cottage window, cross window, dead window, diamond window, Diocletian window, dormant window, dormer window, double-hung window, double-lancet window, drop-head window, D-window, eyebrow window, false window, fanlight, flank window, French window, frieze-band window, frieze window, gable window, hopper window, jalousie, jib window, lancet window, landscape window, lattice window, leaded window, leper's squint, louver window, low-side window, lucarne, lucome window, Lutheran window, lychnoscope, marigold window, oculus, oeil-de-boeuf, operable window, oriel, oval window, Palladian window, peak-head window, picture window, pivot window, pocket-head window, reversible window, ribbon window, rose window, round-topped window, sash window, semicircular window, seliana window, single-hung window, skylight, sliding window, sliphead window, square-headed window, stationary window, stepped windows, storm window, three-part window, transom window, trellis window, tripartite window, triple-hung window, Venetian window, wheel window, Yorkshire light.

AmE / noun [C]


1 (IT )

an area with a frame on a computer screen, in which a particular program is operating or in which information of a particular type is shown

❖ to click on/close/enlarge/minimize/move/open a window


the glass at the front of a shop/store and the area behind it where goods are shown to the public:

I'd like one of the Swatch watches in the window.

a window display


a small area that you can see through:

The address must be clearly visible through the window of the envelope.


a time when there is an opportunity to do sth, although it may not last long

: (informal) I think I can find a window to discuss the project with you.

The months around graduation are a window of opportunity for companies to find good graduates.

1) An opportunity to borrow or invest that may be only temporary and should therefore be taken while it is available.

2) A period during the day during which interbank transfers and clearance may be enacted.

A brokerage firm's cashier department, where delivery of securities and settlement of transactions take place.


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  1. she looked out of the window every now and then.
  2. open the window and let in some fresh air.
  3. the moonlight poured in through the windows.
  4. shut the window for fear that it may rain.
  5. we stood at the window and watched the snow.

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