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[win-doh-sil] /ˈwɪn doʊˌsɪl/
the sill under a window.
Also, window sill.
Origin of windowsill
1695-1705; window + sill Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for window sill
  • From time to time a living torch would be seen crouched on a window sill and then leaping through the air.
  • As a rule, you think of the ego as one who is peering out of your own eyes as if leaning on a window sill, looking at the world.
  • Placing the plant on a window sill or in a hanging basket is not safe enough.
  • Openings generally have stone lintels, and stone string courses wrap the building at the window sill level.
  • Staff reported that each bedroom window sill height exceeded the maximum allowable sill height requirement.
  • Interior window sill means the portion of the horizontal window ledge that protrudes into the interior of the room.
  • Calculations showing the actual volume to the upper window sill or weir elevation of the control structure.
  • When you need to use the ladder, you hook the top portion of the ladder over the window sill and drop the rest out the window.
  • Find a window sill on which the two samples will fit with room to spare.
  • Higher end examples utilize a change in exterior material using the window sill as a breaking point.
British Dictionary definitions for window sill


a sill below a window
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for window sill



1703, from window (n.) + sill (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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