American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An act of throwing someone or something out of a window.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of throwing out of the window: as, the defenestration of Prague in 1618, when Bohemian insurgents broke up a meeting of imperial commissioners and threw two of their number out of the window, an act which preluded the Thirty Years' war.
- n. The act of throwing something, or someone, out of a window.
- n. UK High profile removal of a person from an organization.
- n. neologism, humorous The act of removing the Microsoft Windows operating system from a computer in order to install an alternative one.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. the act of throwing (something or someone) out of a window.
- n. the act of throwing someone or something out of a window
- First attested circa 17th century, from Latin dē ("from, out") + fenestra ("window"), historically, it was used as an act of political dissent, notably the Defenestrations of Prague. (Wiktionary)
- From de- + Latin fenestra, window. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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