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window

  

      n  
1    a light framework, made of timber, metal, or plastic, that contains glass or glazed opening frames and is placed in a wall or roof to let in light or air or to see through  
   Related adj       fenestral  
2    an opening in the wall or roof of a building that is provided to let in light or air or to see through  
3       See       windowpane  
4    the display space in and directly behind a shop window  
the dress in the window     
5    any opening or structure resembling a window in function or appearance, such as the transparent area of an envelope revealing an address within  
6    an opportunity to see or understand something usually unseen  
a window on the workings of Parliament     
7    a period of unbooked time in a diary, schedule, etc.  
8       short for       launch window       weather window  
9      (Physics)   a region of the spectrum in which a medium transmits electromagnetic radiation  
   See also       radio window  
10      (Computing)   an area of a VDU display that may be manipulated separately from the rest of the display area; typically different files can be displayed simultaneously in different overlapping windows  
11    modifier   of or relating to a window or windows  
a window ledge     
12    out of the window  
Informal   dispensed with; disregarded  
      vb  
13    tr   to furnish with or as if with windows  
     (C13: from Old Norse vindauga, from vindr wind1 + auga eye1)  


bay window  
      n   a window projecting from the wall of a building and forming an alcove of a room,   (Sometimes shortened to)    bay      See also       bow window       oriel window  
bow window  
      n   a bay window in the shape of a curve  
compass window  
      n     (Architect)   a bay window having a semicircular shape  
gable window  
      n   a window positioned in a gable or having a small gable over it  
garret window  
      n   a skylight that lies along the slope of the roof  
Jesse window  
      n   a window in a church with a representation of Christ's descent from Jesse, usually in the form of a genealogical tree  
lancet window  
      n   a narrow window having a lancet arch,   (Sometimes shortened to)    lancet  
launch window  
      n   the limited period during which a spacecraft can be launched on a particular mission  
oriel window  
      n   a bay window, esp. one that is supported by one or more brackets or corbels,   (Sometimes shortened to)    oriel  
     (C14: from Old French oriol gallery, perhaps from Medieval Latin auleolum niche)  
picture window  
      n   a large window having a single pane of glass, usually placed so that it overlooks a view  
radio window  
      n   a gap in ionospheric reflection that allows radio waves, with frequencies in the range 10000 to 40000 megahertz, to pass from or into space  
rose window  
      n   a circular window, esp. one that has ornamental tracery radiating from the centre to form a symmetrical roselike pattern,   (Also called)    wheel window, rosette  
sash window  
      n   a window consisting of two sashes placed one above the other so that one or each can be slid over the other to open the window  
storm window  
      n  
1    an additional window fitted to the outside of an ordinary window to provide insulation against wind, cold, rain, etc.  
2    a type of dormer window  
weather window  
      n   a limited interval when weather conditions can be expected to be suitable for a particular project, such as laying offshore pipelines, reaching a high mountain summit, launching a satellite, etc.  
wheel window  
      n      another name for       rose window  
window box  
      n  
1    a long narrow box, placed on or outside a windowsill, in which plants are grown  
2    either of a pair of vertical boxes, attached to the sides of a sash window frame, that enclose a sash cord and counterbalancing weight  
window-dresser  
      n   a person employed to design and build up a display in a shop window  
window-dressing  
      n  
1    the ornamentation of shop windows, designed to attract customers  
2    the pleasant, showy, or false aspect of an idea, policy, etc., which is stressed to conceal the real or unpleasant nature; façade  
window envelope  
      n   a type of envelope, esp. for business use, having a transparent area that reveals the address within  
window sash  
      n   a glazed window frame, esp. one that opens  
window seat  
      n  
1    a seat below a window, esp. in a bay window  
2    a seat beside a window in a bus, train, etc.  
window-shop  
      vb   , -shops, -shopping, -shopped   intr   to look at goods in shop windows without buying them  
  window-shopper      n  
  window-shopping      n  
window tax  
      n     (History)   a tax on windows in houses levied between 1696 and 1851  
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adj.
when a shop is boarded up, it means it is no longer in business and that wooden planks have been nailed over its windows.
one in seven shops in the UK are boarded up

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