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round window

noun
1.
a membrane-covered opening in the inner wall of the middle ear that compensates for changes in cochlear pressure.
Origin of round window
1900-1905
1900-05
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  • The adaptation of roundels to the circular shape is shown in the portion of a round window from Santa Maria Novella.

  • I ran to the round window, which was an immense "bull's-eye" above the doorway.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • The round window with tracery goes on long after every other feature of Romanesque or Gothic is forgotten.

  • He threw open the thick, round window, and saw more clearly.

    The Wreck of the Titan Morgan Robertson
  • She went up to the round window and looked out, and grandfather followed up with Clara in his arms, Heidi springing up after them.

    Heidi Johanna Spyri
  • Vinegar-faced Joseph projected his head from a round window of the barn.

    Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte
  • In the niche above the latter are two vents for the draft, and above the niche was a round window.

  • She make me say, look to the round window in the Chateau front.

  • There lay a large heap of fresh, sweet-smelling hay, while through a round window in the wall she could see right down the valley.

    Heidi Johanna Spyri
  • It was heard in the garden, at "the round window," and on the stair.

    Daisy's Necklace Thomas Bailey Aldrich
round window in Medicine

round window n.
An opening on the medial wall of the middle ear that leads into the cochlea and is covered by the secondary tympanic membrane. Also called fenestra of cochlea.

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