What does defenestration mean?

Definitions for defenestrationdiˌfɛn əˈstreɪ ʃən

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. defenestration(noun)

    the act of throwing someone or something out of a window


  1. defenestration(n.)

    the act of throwing (something or someone) out of a window.


  1. defenestration(Noun)

    The act of throwing something, or someone, out of a window.

  2. defenestration(Noun)

    High profile removal of a person from an organization.

  3. defenestration(Noun)

    The act of removing the operating system from a computer in order to install an alternative one.

  4. Origin: First attested circa 17th century, from de + fenestra, historically, it was used as an act of political dissent, notably the Defenestrations of Prague.


  1. Defenestration

    Defenestration is the act of throwing someone or something out of a window. The term was coined around the time of an incident in Prague Castle in the year 1618. The word comes from the Latin de- and fenestra. Likewise, it can also refer to the condition of being thrown out of a window, as in "The Defenestration of Ermintrude Inch". While the act of defenestration connotes the forcible or peremptory removal of an adversary, and the term is sometimes used in just that sense, it also suggests breaking the windows in the process. Although defenestrations can be fatal due to the height of the window through which a person is thrown or throws oneself or due to lacerations from broken glass, the act of defenestration need not carry the intent or result of death.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. defenestration

    [mythically from a traditional Bohemian assassination method, via SF fandom] 1. Proper karmic retribution for an incorrigible punster. “Oh, ghod, that was awful!” “Quick! Defenestrate him!” 2. The act of completely removing Micro$oft Windows from a PC in favor of a better OS (typically Linux). 3. The act of discarding something under the assumption that it will improve matters. “I don't have any disk space left.” “Well, why don't you defenestrate that 100 megs worth of old core dumps?” 4. Under a GUI, the act of dragging something out of a window (onto the screen). “Next, defenestrate the MugWump icon.” 5. [obs.] The act of exiting a window system in order to get better response time from a full-screen program. This comes from the dictionary meaning of defenestrate, which is to throw something out a window.

Editors Contribution

  1. defenestration

    窓から誰か又は何かを投げ出すこと in Japanese. 拒否 above means refusal, far from true mening for defenstration.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of defenestration in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of defenestration in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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