Window


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Financial, Acronyms, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

WINDOW. An opening made in the wall of a house to admit light and air, and to enable those who are in to look out.
     2. The owner has a right to make as many windows in his house when not built on the line of his property as he may deem proper, although by so doing be may destroy the privacy of his neighbors. Bac. Ab. Actions in general, B.
     3. In cities and towns it is evident that the owner of a house cannot open windows in the partition wall without the consent of the owner of the adjoining property, unless he possesses the right of having ancient lights. (q.v.) The opening of such windows and destroying the privacy of the adjoining property, is not, however, actionable; the remedy against such encroachment is by obstructing them, without encroaching upon the rights of the party who opened them, so as to prevent a right from being acquired by twenty years use. 3 Camp. 82.

References in classic literature ?
Now she places a gingerbread elephant against the window, but with so tremulous a touch that it tumbles upon the floor, with the dismemberment of three legs and its trunk; it has ceased to be an elephant, and has become a few bits of musty gingerbread.
And what did this strain of trouble matter when my eyes went back to the window only to see that the air was clear again and--by my personal triumph--the influence quenched?
Her room was in the L and her window at no very dangerous distance from the ground, though had it been, nothing could have stopped her at that moment.
Mary asked no more questions but waited in the darkness of her corner, keeping her eyes on the window.
After keeping watch at the window in silence for ten minutes or more, she suddenly looked back into the room, to observe the effect which her behavior might have produced on her traveling companion.
The pantry window had been broken by a tennis ball the week before; and Polynesia popped in through the hole in the glass.
It passed through the little invisible window, through the walls.
Aladdin, knowing that their task was vain, bade them undo their work and carry the jewels back, and the genie finished the window at his command.
Peter and Benjamin flattened their noses against the window, and stared into the dusk.
I threw them through the bars of my window with a gold piece, and made what signs I could to have them posted.
The window of my study looks over the trees and the railway towards Horsell Common.
It would be his bedroom they would attack, and they must reach it by the back staircase, or by the window in the dressing-room.