Jarek opens a window and stands back and says quietly, “Birkenau.”
Many times in the past, we have all heard that the window of opportunity is closing.
I nodded, and we carried our tall cups and sat by the window at the gate.
My reflection in the window stares back at me in white glasses.
From a window in a room on the ground floor, we gazed out at the courtyard to Block 11, standing on a table in the room.
To my chagrin, the duke laid his hand on the window and closed it.
Jumping over the window sill, the visitor found himself in this room.
When a window is soiled you can write on it with your finger; then your finger becomes soiled.
Hester had seen him from the window, and she answered the bell herself.
She went to the window, and, screened by the curtain, looked out.
early 13c., literally "wind eye," from Old Norse vindauga, from vindr "wind" (see wind (n.1)) + auga "eye. (see eye (n.)). Replaced Old English eagþyrl, literally "eye-hole," and eagduru, literally "eye-door."
Originally an unglazed hole in a roof, most Germanic languages adopted a version of Latin fenestra to describe the glass version, and English used fenester as a parallel word till mid-16c. Window dressing is first recorded 1790; figurative sense is from 1898. Window seat is attested from 1778. Window-shopping is recorded from 1922. Window of opportunity (1979) is from earlier figurative use in U.S. space program, e.g. launch window (1965).
window win·dow (wĭn'dō)
[modeled on the winding down of a clock or other machine]
properly only an opening in a house for the admission of light and air, covered with lattice-work, which might be opened or closed (2 Kings 1:2; Acts 20:9). The spies in Jericho and Paul at Damascus were let down from the windows of houses abutting on the town wall (Josh. 2:15; 2 Cor. 11:33). The clouds are metaphorically called the "windows of heaven" (Gen. 7:11; Mal. 3:10). The word thus rendered in Isa. 54:12 ought rather to be rendered "battlements" (LXX., "bulwarks;" R.V., "pinnacles"), or as Gesenius renders it, "notched battlements, i.e., suns or rays of the sun"= having a radiated appearance like the sun.