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OVERVIEW OF NOUN WINDOW

1) window: a framework of wood or metal that contains a glass windowpane and is built into a wall or roof to admit light or air

Image of window
Image of window

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

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

4) window: an opening that resembles a window in appearance or function; “he could see them through a window in the trees”

5) window: 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, window: a pane of glass in a window; “the ball shattered the window”

7) window: an opening in the wall of a building (usually to admit light and air); “he stuck his head in the window”

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

noun window has 8 sense(s) (first 4 from tagged texts)


window (Wikipedia)
This article is about the part of a building. For the graphical user interface element, see Window (computing). For the Microsoft's operating system, see Windows. For other uses, see Window (disambiguation) and Windows (disambiguation).
Window of traditional design in Porto Covo, Portugal
Bay window in San Francisco
A stained glass panel depicting Biblical scenes at a historic church in Scotland
A contemporary stained glass window in France

A window is an opening in a wall, door, roof or vehicle that allows the passage of light and, if not closed or sealed, air and sound.

Modern windows are usually glazed or covered in some other transparent or translucent material. Windows are held in place by frames. 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.

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, 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. Modern-style floor-to-ceiling windows became possible only after the industrial plate glass making processes were perfected.

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