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[wind-sheeld, win-] /ˈwɪndˌʃild, ˈwɪn-/
a shield of glass, in one or more sections, projecting above and across the dashboard of an automobile.
Also called, especially British, wind-screen.
Origin of windshield
1900-05; wind1 + shield Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The green metal hood scooted back, folding into a sharp crease near the windshield.
  • No, because the ash the ash is pulverized rock it can scratch up the windshield, too.
  • Which is why you should always put washer fluid in your windshield washer reservoir.
  • windshield washer fluid is a brightly colored liquid made of methanol, a poisonous alcohol.
  • Others try pressing and pressing against the windshield without success.
  • It spread nearly a yard across the top of the taxi's windshield.
  • Also the car has backup lights and windshield washer from that period.
  • The driver made the mistake of turning on the wipers and then the whole windshield was covered in luminous bug guts.
  • Keas will tear windshield wipers from cars, shred unguarded clothing and backpacks and raid cabins.
  • The same day, another couple was driving a boat on the river when a sturgeon jumped up and smashed into the boat's windshield.
British Dictionary definitions for windshield


(US & Canadian) the sheet of flat or curved glass that forms a window of a motor vehicle, esp the front window Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) windscreen
an object designed to shield something from the wind
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for windshield

1902, from wind (n.1) + shield (n.). U.S. alternative to British windscreen (attested from 1905 in this sense).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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