French window

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French window

A type of casement window, similar to a door, where the sash swings from the jamb of the opening.

frieze-band window

One of a series of small windows that form a horizontal band directly below the cornice; usually continuing across the main facade.

gable window

A window in a gable; a window shaped like a multicurved gable.

high-light window

A window or row of windows set high up in the wall; also called a clerestory window.

hopper window

A window sash which opens inward and is hinged at the bottom; when open, air passes over the top of the sash.

jalousie window

A window consisting of a series of overlapping horizontal glass louvers, which pivot simultaneously in a common frame and are actuated by one or more operating devices.

lancet window

A narrow window with a sharp pointed arch that is typical of English Gothic architecture; one pane shaped in the form of a lancet window.

landscape window

A double-hung window whose upper sash is highly decorated with small panes of colored glass; the lower sash contains a larger pane of clear glass.

lattice window

A window casement, fixed or hinged, with glazing bars set diagonally.

loop window

A long, narrow, vertical opening, usually widening inward, cut in a medieval wall, parapet, or fortification, for use by archers.

lozenge window

A window composed of lozenge-shaped panes set on the diagonal.

lucarne window

A small dormer window in a roof or spire.

operable window

A window which may be opened for ventilation, as opposed to a fixed light.

oriel window

A bay window corbeled out from a wall of an upper story; a projecting bay that forms the extension of a room, used extensively in medieval English residential architecture.

oval window

A window in the shape of an ellipse, or in a shape between an ellipse and a circle.

ox-eye window

A round or oval aperture, open, louvered, or glazed; an oculus or oeil-de-boeuf.

peak-head window

A window with a triangular head, most often found in Gothic Revival church architecture; also called a lancet window.

picture window

A large fixed pane of glass, often between two narrower operable windows, usually located to present the most attractive view to the exterior.

pivoting window

A window having a sash which rotates about fixed vertical or horizontal pivots, located at or toward the center, in contrast to one hung on hinges along an edge.

ribbon window

One of a horizontal series of windows, separated only by mullions, which form a horizontal band across the facade of a building.

rose window

A large, circular medieval window, containing tracery arranged in a radial manner.


A small circular panel or window; an oculus, a bull’s eye, or a circular light like the bottom of a bottle.

sash window

A window formed with glazed frames that slide up and down in vertical grooves by means of counterbalanced weights.

shed dormer window

A dormer window whose eave line is parallel to the eave line of the main roof instead of gabled to provide more attic space.

single-hung window

A window with two sashes, only one of which opens.

sliding sash window

A window that moves horizontally in grooves or between runners at the top and bottom of the window frame.

splayed window

A window whose frame is set at an angle with respect to the face of the wall.

square-headed window

A window that has a straight horizontal lintel above it.

stained-glass window

A window with colored glass.

stepped windows

A series of windows, usually in a wall adjacent to a staircase, arranged in a stepped pattern that generally follows the step’s profile.

storm window

An auxiliary window, usually placed with the existing window in the same frame, to provide additional protection against severe weather.

top-hung window

A casement window hinged horizontally.

triple-hung window

A window with three vertical sliding sashes that allow the window to open to two-thirds of its height.

French window

A casement window extending down to the floor; also called a French door.
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The catalogue entry for French Window at Collioure, 1914, composed by Stephanie D'Alessandro, tells us the following: Matisse left the canvas behind when he returned to Paris from Collioure on October 22, referring to it, in a letter to his wife from November 6, as "already begun.
One woman repeatedly found vehicles driving up her garden path to her French windows.
In another image, Santiago: Tablecloth, we are transported onto the top of a round table and we gaze across a roughly woven tablecloth toward a French window veiled by a net curtain.
On the ground floor, the hall leads to a cloakroom/wc and sitting room with French windows, stripped wood flooring and a decorative fireplace.
While the dining room has a rustic fireplace, oakwood flooring and a door to the summer room which has a French window to the garden.
As befits such a property, the living room/kitchen is excellent, with a central exposed truss, oak-framed screens opening on to a courtyard and French window to terrace; an extensive range of kitchen units with polished granite work surfaces and cupboards and deep Belfast sink; gas cooker with six-ring hob and oven, set in a fireplace feature with brick piers and oak mantel; downlighting on tracks.
Each door of a double French window needs a bolt at the top and bottom, positioned so one bolt shoots into the upper frame and the other into the threshold below.
Intruders had broken in through a French window which had been boarded up following a burglary the previous week.
The competition announcement includes the following processes: manufacture and installation of fixed / openable metal windows and french windows, including glazing, manufacture and installation of metal window frames.
The sitting room has a south-facing picture window and there are French windows from the dining room leading out to a back terrace.
French windows open on to the upper terrace that overlooks the rear garden.
CLIFFORD ALFREY: The most fun I had was designing special effects for Dracula: Dracula floating outside French windows from a distance all the way into the room.