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[peyn] /peɪn/
one of the divisions of a window or the like, consisting of a single plate of glass in a frame.
a plate of glass for such a division.
a panel, as of a wainscot, ceiling, door, etc.
a flat section, side, or surface, as one of the sides of a bolthead.
Philately. a sheet of stamps or any large portion of one, as a half or a quarter, as issued by the post office.
1250-1300; Middle English pane, pan strip of cloth, section < Middle French pan < Latin pannus cloth; akin to Old English fana flag; see vane
Related forms
paneless, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for panes
  • So forget the tiny window panes and the mock columns.
  • Replace the broken panes with photo-imprinted aluminum sheets.
  • Freeze in fantastic shapes on the window-panes in the winter.
  • She tapped one of the square panes with her fingernail to attract the puppy's attention.
  • In actual fact, far more birds die due to collision with the windows of window panes, or even as prey to domestic cats.
  • The system would dampen window panes, which are the major source of incoming sound.
  • The panes for the transom windows still need to be inserted and glazed.
  • As a consequence of this movement, the size and shape of the panes within the window will vary.
  • Two large, square panes lie at either end of this elevation, extending from floor to ceiling.
  • Each layer of additional glazing improves the efficiency of a window, as dead air between panes prevents conduction of heat.
British Dictionary definitions for panes


a sheet of glass in a window or door
a panel of a window, door, wall, etc
a flat section or face, as of a cut diamond
  1. any of the rectangular marked divisions of a sheet of stamps made for convenience in selling
  2. a single page in a stamp booklet See also tête-bêche, se tenant
Word Origin
C13: from Old French pan portion, from Latin pannus rag


noun, verb
a variant of peen


(of fish, meat, etc) dipped or rolled in breadcrumbs before cooking
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Word Origin and History for panes



mid-13c., "garment, part of a garment," later "side of a building, section of a wall," from Old French pan "section, piece, panel" (11c.), from Latin pannum (nominative pannus) "piece of cloth, garment," possibly from PIE root *pan- "fabric" (cf. Gothic fana "piece of cloth," Greek penos "web," Old English fanna "flag"). Sense of "window glass" first attested mid-15c.

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