Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The design and placement of windows in a building.
  • noun An opening in the surface of a structure, as in a membrane.
  • noun The surgical creation of an artificial opening in a bone, as in the inner ear so as to improve or restore hearing.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In arch.:
  • noun A design in which the windows are arranged to form the principal feature.
  • noun The series or arrangement of windows in a building.
  • noun In anatomy and zoology, the state of being fenestral or provided with fenestræ.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Arch.) The arrangement and proportioning of windows; -- used by modern writers for the decorating of an architectural composition by means of the window (and door) openings, their ornaments, and proportions.
  • noun (Anat.) The state or condition of being fenestrated.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun architecture The arrangement of windows and other openings in a building.
  • noun surgery An opening in the surface of an organ etc; the surgical creation of such an opening, especially one in the bony part of the inner ear made to improve hearing.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the arrangement of windows in a building
  • noun surgical procedure that creates a new fenestra to the cochlea in order to restore hearing lost because of osteosclerosis

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Latin fenestratio

Examples

  • I do hope you won't mind me butting in here: I think the fenestration is of less importance than the existence of the Turdus Merula just visible under the fourth fence rail on the right.

    The Langton Messiah

  • Ground floor glazing is translucent to "protect privacy," whereas the upper floor has transparent fenestration, inviting the view.

    Alla Kazovsky: Preparing for Success

  • On a bright summer evening the massive, pioneering fenestration of Bess of Hardwick's pile really does live up to the old local rhyme "Hardwick Hall – more glass than wall".

    Country diary: North Derbyshire

  • This roadside public face has little fenestration in contrast to the all-glass private side, which takes advantage of views facing the forest, the stream and diffuse northern light.

    The Rantilla Residence by Michael Rantilla

  • Still, this bright beachfront beauty was spotless, featured two dishwashers, something called a "pasta faucet" and enough fenestration to keep Windex in production for centuries.

    No Place for Holly Golightly

  • Ground floor glazing is translucent to "protect privacy," whereas the upper floor has transparent fenestration, inviting the view.

    Alla Kazovsky: Preparing for Success

  • Unfortunately, the kids 'space could have been much improved if the building design hadn't been negatively impacted by foolish conceits about historic design which determined the fenestration of the basement wall on the south side.

    Georgetown Library to reopen

  • The different components, different materials and fenestration—they help break down the buildings' mass.

    Bruce Ratner's Exercise in Bland

  • John: is changing his idea of making fenestration translucent on the ground level and transparent on the top.

    Alla Kazovsky: Organizing Circulation

  • On a bright summer evening the massive, pioneering fenestration of Bess of Hardwick's pile really does live up to the old local rhyme "Hardwick Hall – more glass than wall".

    Country diary: North Derbyshire

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