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[win-doh-sil] /ˈwɪn doʊˌsɪl/
the sill under a window.
Origin of windowsill
1695-1705; window + sill Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The jailer who had brought Maslova in sat on a windowsill at some distance from them.

    Resurrection Leo Tolstoy
  • Derek sat in the windowsill, and when he moved he touched me.

    The Freelands John Galsworthy
  • When I got home the brose for dinner was cooling on the windowsill, and my mother was frying the fish I had caught in the morning.

    The Pilots of Pomona Robert Leighton
  • Leaning on the windowsill, I indicated the progress of the flood.

    The Flood Emile Zola
  • At that, Sir George put the other foot over the windowsill, and in a moment we were all in headlong flight.

    Affinities and Other Stories Mary Roberts Rinehard
  • She rested her arms on the windowsill and her head on her forearms.

    The Lone Ranger Rides Fran Striker
  • If I lay a piece of butcher's meat on the windowsill, she hastens up, works her will on it and retires.

    The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre
British Dictionary definitions for windowsill


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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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