Definition of window noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈwɪndəʊ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɪndoʊ//
    Parts of a house, Using a computer, In the store
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  1. 1  an opening in the wall or roof of a building, car, etc., usually covered with glass, that allows light and air to come in and people to see out; the glass in a window She looked out of the window. to open/close the window the bedroom/car/kitchen, etc. window a broken window see also bay window, dormer window, French window, picture window, rose window, sash window See related entries: Parts of a house
  2. 2  = shop window I saw the dress I wanted in the window. a window display See related entries: In the store
  3. 3   an area within a frame on a computer screen, in which a particular program is operating or in which information of a particular type is shown to create/open a window See related entries: Using a computer
  4. 4  a small area of something that you can see through, for example to talk to somebody or read something on the other side There was a long line of people at the box-office window. The address must be clearly visible through the window of the envelope.
  5. 5[singular] window on/into something a way of seeing and learning about something Television is a sort of window on the world. It gave me an intriguing window into the way people live.
  6. 6a time when there is an opportunity to do something, although it may not last long We now have a small window of opportunity in which to make our views known.
  7. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old Norse vindauga, from vindr ‘wind’ + auga ‘eye’.Extra examples All the windows blew out with the force of the blast. All the windows in the prison are barred. Click on the window to make it active. Do you have a window next Monday? French windows lead out onto the patio. He was standing at the window waiting for us. He works as a window cleaner. How does the window open? I always ask for a window seat when I fly. I found her looking in the window of a department store. I love going window shopping. I rolled down the window to ask for directions. I sat by the window to get some air. If you close a couple of windows, the screen will be less cluttered. It was raining so hard I could scarcely see out of the window. No light showed in any of the blank windows of the house. She gazed out of the window at the falling snow. The cathedral has a beautiful rose window. The windows all steam up when you have a shower. The windows glinted in the sunlight. The windows of the house stared bleakly down at her. The windows rattle when a train goes past. There was a vase of flowers in the window. There was evidence that the window had been forced. They threw a brick through the window. We caught sight of him in the window as we passed. We tapped on the window to get their attention. You get to the garden through French windows at the back of the house. a limousine with smoked windows a studio with windows looking out on the park an advertisement in the shop window floral displays such as window boxes and hanging basketsIdioms
    fly/go out (of) the window
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    (informal) to stop existing; to disappear completely As soon as the kids arrived, order went out of the window.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: window