Meaning of WINDOW in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ ˈwin-(ˌ)dō ]


Usage: often attributive

Etymology: Middle English windowe, from Old Norse vindauga, from vindr wind (akin to Old English wind ) + auga eye; akin to Old English ēage eye — more at eye

Date: 13th century


a. : an opening especially in the wall of a building for admission of light and air that is usually closed by casements or sashes containing transparent material (as glass) and capable of being opened and shut

b. : windowpane

c. : a space behind a window of a retail store containing displayed merchandise

d. : an opening in a partition or wall through which business is conducted

a bank teller's window

2. : a means of entrance or access ; especially : a means of obtaining information

a window on history

3. : an opening (as a shutter, slot, or valve) that resembles or suggests a window

4. : the transparent panel or opening of a window envelope

5. : the framework (as a shutter or sash with its fittings) that closes a window opening

6. : chaff 4

7. : a range of wavelengths in the electromagnetic spectrum to which a planet's atmosphere is transparent


a. : an interval of time within which a rocket or spacecraft must be launched to accomplish a particular mission

b. : an interval of time during which certain conditions or an opportunity exists

a window of vulnerability

9. : an area at the limits of the earth's sensible atmosphere through which a spacecraft must pass for successful reentry

10. : any of various rectangular boxes appearing on a computer screen that display files or program output, that can usually be moved and resized, and that facilitate multitasking

• win·dow·less -dō-ləs, -də- adjective

- out the window

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.