Meaning of WINDOW in English

/ ˈwɪndəʊ; NAmE ˈwɪndoʊ/ noun


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


= shop window :

I saw the dress I wanted in the window .

a window display


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


a small area of sth that you can see through, for example to talk to sb or read sth 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.


[ sing. ] window on / into sth a way of seeing and learning about sth :

Television is a sort of window on the world .

It gave me an intriguing window into the way people live.


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

We now have a small window of opportunity in which to make our views known.


- fly / go out (of) the window



Middle English : from Old Norse vindauga , from vindr wind + auga eye.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.