from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A contrivance for shutting out or tempering light at a window; a variety of window-blind, usually a piece of holland or similar material, arranged to roll up on a roller, and to cover the window when pulled out.


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  • The grid elements turn out to be window-shade curtains, which are raised to show people working in individual cubbyholes, sitting at tiny desks doing math.

    Review: Doctor Atomic

  • Hearing a woman exclaim, “Wunderschön!” at the sight of some flowers in a hotel dining room, she told her husband, “There—Gott sei dank, I understood THAT, anyway—window-shade!”

    Mark Twain

  • The others slid forward on the long seat, unbuttoned their vests, thrust their feet up on the chairs, pulled the stately brass cuspidors nearer, and ran the green window-shade down on its little trolley, to shut them in from the uncomfortable strangeness of night.


  • A flapping window-shade cast restless shadows on the still golem features on which dust was already settling.

    It Could Be Anything

  • When we came in from dinner, I drew the window-shade, and saw that it was snowing fiercely.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 20, No. 118, August, 1867

  • A stray beam of light from the westering sun slipped into the room between the edge of the window-shade and the sash, and fell across the chair reserved for the convict.

    The Inmate Of The Dungeon 1894

  • The morning after our marriage I raised the window-shade, so that the rising sun of that auspicious day should shine full upon our parlor-Brussels.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 83, September, 1864

  • Paul drew a tattered window-shade so that the hot western sun should not shine full in the sick boy's face, loosened his shirt at the neck, smoothed back the matted hair from his forehead, and with a threatening shake of his crutch, drove a howling dog and several screaming children from the room.

    Derrick Sterling A Story of the Mines

  • She closed her door, and went up to her bed, and fell on it, and slept, amid the buzzing of the flies and the fitful flapping of the window-shade in the breeze.

    The Indian's Hand 1892

  • The window-shade flapped loudly, and she woke with an apprehension crushing her.

    The Indian's Hand 1892


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