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[win-doh-sil] /ˈwɪn doʊˌsɪl/
the sill under a window.
Origin of windowsill
1695-1705; window + sill Unabridged
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  • She helped Valerie and the two of them clung to the window sill.

  • Jumping over the window sill, the visitor found himself in this room.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • What was their surprise on opening the door to find Axtell sprawled out in a chair, his feet upon the window sill.

  • Pies that were set out on the window sill to cool disappeared also.

  • She clung to the curtain and post, till she could plant first one knee, then its fellow, on the window sill.

    The Lion's Mouse C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  • Judy began the ascent and pulled herself over the window sill.

  • And with these words, the teacher sank down across the window sill.

    The Rover Boys in Business Arthur M. Winfield
  • She leaned her elbows on the window sill, getting them muddy.

    Wizard Laurence Mark Janifer (AKA Larry M. Harris)
  • Rickman laid his arms upon the window sill and his head upon his arms.

    The Divine Fire May Sinclair
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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