What does window mean?

Definitions for window
ˈwɪn doʊwin·dow

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word window.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. windownoun

    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. windownoun

    a transparent opening in a vehicle that allow vision out of the sides or back; usually is capable of being opened

  3. windownoun

    a transparent panel (as of an envelope) inserted in an otherwise opaque material

  4. windownoun

    an opening that resembles a window in appearance or function

    "he could see them through a window in the trees"

  5. windownoun

    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. windowpane, windownoun

    a pane of glass in a window

    "the ball shattered the window"

  7. windownoun

    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. windownoun

    (computer science) a rectangular part of a computer screen that contains a display different from the rest of the screen


  1. Windownoun

    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.

  2. Windownoun

    (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.


  1. windownoun

    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.

  2. windownoun

    An opening, usually covered by glass, in a shop which allows people to view the shop and its products from outside.

  3. windownoun

    A period of time when something is available.

  4. windownoun

    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.

  5. windowverb

    To furnish with windows.

  6. windowverb

    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? uE00062077uE001 Shakespeare.

  7. Etymology: From vindauga, combined from of vindr (Danish, Faroese, Norwegian and Swedish vind, cognate to English wind) and auga, literally “wind-eye”. The “windows” in these times were just unglazed holes (eyes) in the wall or roof that permitted wind to pass through.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Windownoun

    Etymology: vindue, Danish. Stephen Skinner thinks it originally wind-door.

    Being one day at my window all alone,
    Many strange things happened me to see. Edmund Spenser.

    A fair view her window yields,
    The town, the river, and the fields. Edmund Waller.

    He through a little window cast his sight,
    Though thick of bars that gave a scanty light;
    But ev’n that glimmering serv’d him to descry
    Th’ inevitable charms of Emily. Dryden.

    When you leave the windows open for air, leave books on the window-seat, that they may get air too. Jonathan Swift.

    To thee I do commend my watchful soul,
    Ere I let fall the windows of mine eyes:
    Sleeping or waking, oh defend me still! William Shakespeare, R. III.

    In the sun’s light, let into my darkened chamber through a small round hole in my window-shutter, at about ten or twelve feet from the window, I placed a lens. Isaac Newton, Opt.

    The fav’rite, that just begins to prattle,
    Is very humorsome, and makes great clutter,
    ’Till he has windows on his bread and butter. King.

  2. To Windowverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Between these half columns above, the whole room was windowed round. Henry Wotton, Architecture.

    With pert flat eyes she window’d well its head,
    A brain of feathers, and a heart of lead. Alexander Pope, Dunciad.

    Would’st thou be window’d in great Rome, and see
    Thy master thus with pleacht arms, bending down
    His corrigible neck, his face subdu’d
    To penetrative shame? William Shakespeare, Ant. and Cleopatra.

    Poor naked wretches, wheresoe’er you are,
    That bide the pelting of this pitiless storm,
    How shall your houseless heads, and unfed sides,
    Your loop’d and window’d raggedness, defend you
    From seasons such as these? William Shakespeare, King Lear.


  1. Window

    A window is an opening in a wall, door, roof or vehicle that allows the passage of light, sound, and sometimes air. Modern windows are usually glazed or covered in some other transparent or translucent material, a sash set in a frame in the opening; the sash and frame are also referred to as a window. Many glazed windows may be opened, to allow ventilation, or closed, to exclude inclement weather. Windows often have a latch or similar mechanism to lock the window shut or to hold it open by various amounts. Types include the eyebrow window, fixed windows, single-hung and double-hung sash windows, horizontal sliding sash windows, casement windows, awning windows, hopper windows, tilt and slide windows (often door-sized), tilt and turn windows, transom windows, sidelight windows, jalousie or louvered windows, clerestory windows, skylights, roof windows, roof lanterns, bay windows, oriel windows, thermal, or Diocletian, windows, picture windows, emergency exit windows, stained glass windows, French windows, panel windows, and double - and triple paned windows. The Romans were the first known to use glass for windows, a technology likely first produced in Roman Egypt, in Alexandria ca. 100 AD. Paper windows were economical and widely used in ancient China, Korea and Japan. In England, glass became common in the windows of ordinary homes only in the early 17th century whereas windows made up of panes of flattened animal horn were used as early as the 14th century. In the 19th century American west, greased paper windows came to be used by itinerant groups. Modern-style floor-to-ceiling windows became possible only after the industrial plate glass making processes were fully perfected.


  1. window

    A window is an opening in the wall of a building, typically made of glass or a transparent material, that allows natural light to enter and provides a view to the outside. It also serves as a means of ventilation and may be opened or closed to control airflow.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Windownoun

    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

  2. Windownoun

    the shutter, casement, sash with its fittings, or other framework, which closes a window opening

  3. Windownoun

    a figure formed of lines crossing each other

  4. Windowverb

    to furnish with windows

  5. Windowverb

    to place at or in a window

  6. Etymology: [OE. windowe, windoge, Icel. vindauga window, properly, wind eye; akin to Dan. vindue. . See Wind, n., and Eye.]


  1. Window

    A window is a transparent or translucent opening in a wall, door or vehicle that allows the passage of light and, if not closed or sealed, air and sound. Windows are usually glazed or covered in some other transparent or translucent material like float glass. Windows are held in place by frames. Many glazed windows may be opened, to allow ventilation, or closed, to exclude inclement weather.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Window

    win′dō, n. an opening in the wall of a building for air and light: the frame in the opening: a cover, lid.—v.t. to furnish with windows: (Shak.) to make rents in: (Shak.) to place in a window.—ns. Wind′ow-bar, a wooden or iron bar fitted into a window for security: (Shak.) lattice-work across a woman's stomacher; Win′dow-blind, a blind or screen for a window; Win′dow-bole (same as Bole, 3); Win′dow-cur′tain, a curtain hung over a window, inside a room.—adj. Win′dowed, having a window or windows.—ns. Win′dow-frame, a frame or case which surrounds a window; Win′dow-gar′dening, the cultivation of plants indoors before a window, or in boxes fitted on the outside sill; Win′dow-glass, glass suitable for windows.—adj. Win′dowless, having no windows.—ns. Win′dow-pane, a square of glass set in a window; Win′dow-sash, a light frame in which panes of glass are set; Win′dow-screen, any device for filling the opening of a window; Win′dow-seat, a seat in the recess of a window; Win′dow-shade, a sheet covering the window when pulled out; Win′dow-sill, the flat piece of wood at the bottom of a window-frame.—Window tax, till 1851 a tax in Great Britain levied on windows of houses.—Blind window, a window space blocked up with masonry. [M. E. windowe—Ice. vindaugavindr, wind, auga, eye.]

Editors Contribution

  1. window

    A type of defined space and product created and designed in various colors, materials, mechanisms, shapes, sizes and styles for a specific purpose.

    A window of so many styles can be created these days, the possibilities are infinite.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 4, 2020  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Window is ranked #136449 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Window surname appeared 123 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Window.

    58.5% or 72 total occurrences were White.
    27.6% or 34 total occurrences were Black.
    5.6% or 7 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    4.8% or 6 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'window' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #977

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'window' in Written Corpus Frequency: #874

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'window' in Nouns Frequency: #193

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of window in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of window in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of window in a Sentence

  1. Mark Twain:

    Habit is habit and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time.

  2. Carl Sandburg:

    Arithmetic is where the answer is right and everything is nice and you can look out of the window and see the blue sky -- or the answer is wrong and you have to start over and try again and see how it comes out this time.

  3. George Bernard Shaw:

    Better keep yourself clean and bright -- you are the window through which you must see the world.

  4. David Reitze:

    What's really exciting is what comes next, i think we're opening a window on the universe -- a window of gravitational wave astronomy.

  5. Ahti Heinla:

    When you as a consumer, when you find it convenient for you, you call up the delivery using your smartphone. And then the robot gets loaded with your parcel in our hub and it drives to your doorstep. And that takes about 20 minutes. So instead of having a delivery window of half a day or something that you're getting your delivery sometime during today; you can pick a delivery window that is like ten minutes.

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