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window (n.)

c. 1200, literally "wind eye," from Old Norse vindauga, from vindr "wind" (see wind (n.1)) + auga "eye" (from PIE root *okw- "to see"). Replaced Old English eagþyrl, literally "eye-hole," and eagduru, literally "eye-door." Compare Old Frisian andern "window," literally "breath-door."

Originally an unglazed hole in a roof. Most Germanic languages later adopted a version of Latin fenestra to describe the glass version (such as German Fenster, Swedish fönster), and English used fenester as a parallel word till mid-16c.

Window dressing in reference to shop windows is recorded from 1853; figurative sense is by 1898. Window seat is attested from 1778. Window of opportunity (1979) is from earlier figurative use in U.S. space program, such as launch window (1963). Window-shopping is recorded from 1904.

Window shopping, according to the women, is the king of outdoor sports. Whenever a woman gets down town and has 2 or 3 hours and no money to spend, she goes window shopping. She gives the Poiret gowns and the thousand dollar furs the double O and then kids herself into believing she'd look like Lillian Russell or Beverly Bayne if she had 'em on. It's great for developing the imagination and one of the great secrets of conserving the bankroll. ... ["Motor Age," Jan. 27, 1916]

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Definitions of window from WordNet

window (n.)
a framework of wood or metal that contains a glass windowpane and is built into a wall or roof to admit light or air;
window (n.)
a transparent opening in a vehicle that allow vision out of the sides or back; usually is capable of being opened;
window (n.)
a transparent panel (as of an envelope) inserted in an otherwise opaque material;
window (n.)
an opening that resembles a window in appearance or function;
he could see them through a window in the trees
window (n.)
the time period that is considered best for starting or finishing something;
they had a window of less than an hour when an attack would have succeeded
the expanded window will give us time to catch the thieves
window (n.)
a pane of glass in a window;
the ball shattered the window
Synonyms: windowpane
window (n.)
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
window (n.)
(computer science) a rectangular part of a computer screen that contains a display different from the rest of the screen;
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