French window

French window
French French (fr[e^]nch), prop. a. [AS. frencisc, LL. franciscus, from L. Francus a Frank: cf. OF. franceis, franchois, fran[,c]ois, F. fran[,c]ais. See {Frank}, a., and cf. {Frankish}.] Of or pertaining to France or its inhabitants. [1913 Webster]

{French bean} (Bot.), the common kidney bean ({Phaseolus vulgaris}).

{French berry} (Bot.), the berry of a species of buckthorn ({Rhamnus catharticus}), which affords a saffron, green or purple pigment.

{French casement} (Arch.) See {French window}, under {Window}.

{French chalk} (Min.), a variety of granular talc; -- used for drawing lines on cloth, etc. See under {Chalk}.

{French cowslip} (Bot.) The {Primula Auricula}. See {Bear's-ear}.

{French fake} (Naut.), a mode of coiling a rope by running it backward and forward in parallel bends, so that it may run freely.

{French honeysuckle} (Bot.) a plant of the genus {Hedysarum} ({H. coronarium}); -- called also {garland honeysuckle}.

{French horn}, a metallic wind instrument, consisting of a long tube twisted into circular folds and gradually expanding from the mouthpiece to the end at which the sound issues; -- called in France {cor de chasse}.

{French leave}, an informal, hasty, or secret departure; esp., the leaving a place without paying one's debts.

{French pie} [French (here used in sense of ``foreign'') + pie a magpie (in allusion to its black and white color)] (Zo["o]l.), the European great spotted woodpecker ({Dryobstes major}); -- called also {wood pie}.

{French polish}. (a) A preparation for the surface of woodwork, consisting of gums dissolved in alcohol, either shellac alone, or shellac with other gums added. (b) The glossy surface produced by the application of the above.

{French purple}, a dyestuff obtained from lichens and used for coloring woolen and silken fabrics, without the aid of mordants. --Ure.

{French red} rouge.

{French rice}, amelcorn.

{French roof} (Arch.), a modified form of mansard roof having a nearly flat deck for the upper slope.

{French tub}, a dyer's mixture of protochloride of tin and logwood; -- called also {plum tub}. --Ure.

{French window}. See under {Window}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • French window — Window Win dow, n. [OE. windowe, windoge, Icel. vindauga window, properly, wind eye; akin to Dan. vindue. ????. See {Wind}, n., and {Eye}.] [1913 Webster] 1. An opening in the wall of a building for the admission of light and air, usually closed… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • French window — ► NOUN ▪ each of a pair of glazed doors in an outside wall …   English terms dictionary

  • French window — noun a French door situated in an exterior wall of a building (Freq. 1) • Hypernyms: ↑French door * * * noun, pl ⋯ dows [count] : a pair of windows that have many small panes and that reach to the floor and open in the middle like doors * * *… …   Useful english dictionary

  • French window — French windows N COUNT: usu pl French windows are a pair of glass doors which you go through into a garden or onto a balcony. Syn: French door …   English dictionary

  • French window — French′ win′dow n. archit. bui one of a pair of casement windows extending to the floor and usu. giving access, as from a room to a porch …   From formal English to slang

  • French window — /frɛntʃ ˈwɪndoʊ/ (say french windoh) noun a casement window, usually one of a pair, reaching to floor level, so serving as both a window and a door, and usually opening on to a garden or balcony …   Australian English dictionary

  • French window — noun an outside door with glass panes, serving as a window and a door …   Wiktionary

  • French window — noun Date: 1801 a pair of casement windows that reaches to the floor, opens in the middle, and is placed in an exterior wall …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • French window — a pair of casement windows extending to the floor and serving as portals, esp. from a room to an outside porch or terrace. [1795 1805] * * * …   Universalium

  • French window — long windows reaching to the floor and hinged at the sides which open in the middle …   English contemporary dictionary

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