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defenestrate

Definition:

to throw through or out of the window

Class:

contact verb (touching, hitting, tying, digging, etc.)

Related to:

defenestration

Past tense:

defenestrated

Present participle:

defenestrating

3rd-person singular present:

defenestrates

Type of:

throw » propel » move

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

The rebels stormed the palace and defenestrated the President

Etymology:

Back-formation from defenestration, from Latin de- ("out"), + fenestra...
(Source: Wiktionary)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Defenestration

the act of throwing someone or something out of a window. The term was coined around the time of an incident in Prague Castle in the year 1618. The word comes from the Latin de- and fenestra. Likewise, it can also refer to the condition of being thrown... (48 of 2216 words, 3 images)

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Collins Dictionary:

defenestrate

to throw (a person or a thing) out of a window | [computing] to desist from using the Windows operating system (20 of 255 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/defenestrate

Wiktionary:

defenestrate | defenestrated [past tense] | defenestrating [present participle] | defenestrates [3rd-person singular present]

[transitive] To eject or throw (someone or something) from a window; compare transfenestrate. | [transitive] To throw out. | [computing, transitive, humorous, slang] To remove a Windows operating system from a computer. (30 of 159 words, 3 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/defenestrate

Oxford Dictionary:

defenestration | the Defenestration of Prague | defenestrate [derived]

[formal, humorous] : the action of throwing someone out of a window. | ("the Defenestration of Prague") : see "Prague". (19 of 53 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/defenestration

American Heritage Dictionary:

defenestrate | defenestrated [past tense] | defenestrating [present participle] | defenestrates [3rd-person singular present]

To throw out of a window. (6 of 17 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/defenestrate

Random House Dictionary:

throw | threw [past tense] | thrown [past participle] | throwing [present participle] | throwed [non-standard, past tense] | throw away [sense-specific] | throw back [sense-specific] | throw cold water on [sense-specific] | throw down the gauntlet or glove [sense-specific] | ...

to propel or cast in any way, especially to project or propel from the hand by a sudden forward motion or straightening of the arm and wrist. | to ... (28 of 1149 words, 56 definitions, 33 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/throw

Merriam-Webster:

throw [entry 1, verb] | threw [past tense] | thrown [past participle] | throwing [present participle] | throw cold water on | throw money at | throw one's weight around | throw to the wolves | throw together

to propel through the air by a forward motion of the hand and arm ; to propel through the air in any manner ; "pitch" [sense-specific] | to cause to ... (29 of 872 words, 25 definitions, 37 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/throw

throw [entry 2, noun] | a throw | risk [synonym, sense-specific] | apiece [synonym, sense-specific] | venture [synonym, sense-specific] | stroke [synonym, sense-specific] | adventure [synonym, sense-specific] | chance [synonym, sense-specific] | crapshoot [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

an act of throwing, hurling, or flinging ; an act of throwing dice ; the ... | the distance a missile may be thrown or light rays may be projected | ... (29 of 232 words, 7 definitions, 1 usage example)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

throw | threw [past tense] | thrown [past participle] | throwing [present participle] | throws [3rd-person singular present] | throw something back in someone's face | throw the book at someone | throw good money after bad | throw money at something | ...

[intransitive/transitive] to use your hand to send an object through the air | [transitive] to put something somewhere in a quick careless way | ... (22 of 680 words, 22 definitions, 29 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/throw

throw [countable, noun] | throws [plural]

the action of throwing something such as a ball | the action of throwing your opponent to the ground in a sport such as wrestling | a large piece of ... (28 of 71 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/throw 48

New World Dictionary:

throw | threw [past tense] | thrown [present participle] | thrower [noun, related]

to twist strands of (silk, etc.) into thread or yarn | to cause to fly through the air by releasing from the hand while the arm is in rapid motion; ... (29 of 395 words, 29 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/throw

Cambridge Dictionary:

throw [entry 1] | threw [past tense] | thrown [past participle] | throw a glance/look | throw a glance | throw a look

to send something through the air with force, especially by a sudden movement of the arm | "throw a glance/look": to look quickly or suddenly (24 of 89 words, 2 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/throw 1

throw [entry 2] | threw [past tense] | thrown [past participle]

to cause to move or act quickly or carelessly (9 of 32 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/throw 2

throw [entry 3] | threw [past tense] | thrown [past participle]

to confuse or shock someone or cause difficulty for them (10 of 39 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/throw 3

throw [entry 4] | threw [past tense] | thrown [past participle] | throw a party

to have a party (4 of 23 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/throw 4

throw [entry 5] | threw [past tense] | thrown [past participle] | throw a fit/tantrum | throw a fit | throw a tantrum

to experience and show a strong feeling of anger, especially suddenly (11 of 38 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/throw 5

throw [entry 6, specialized] | threw [past tense] | thrown [past participle]

to shape clay on a special round table that spins (10 of 21 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/throw 6

throw [entry 7]

when you throw something (4 of 16 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/throw 7

throw [entry 8, informal] | a throw

used to mean each thing or for each time (9 of 32 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/throw 8

Encarta Dictionary:

defenestrate [formal or humorous] | defenestrated [past tense] | defenestrating [present participle] | defenestrates [3rd-person singular present]

to throw something or somebody out of a window (9 of 58 words, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861603308​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Wiktionary:

defenestrate | defenestrated [past tense] | defenestrating [present participle] | defenestrates [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Back-formation from defenestration, from Latin de- ("out"), + fenestra ("window").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/defenestrate

American Heritage Dictionary:

defenestrate | defenestrated [past tense] | defenestrating [present participle] | defenestrates [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Back-formation from "defenestration".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/defenestrate

defenestration

Origin: From "de-" + Latin fenestra, window.

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Encarta Dictionary:

defenestrate [formal or humorous] | defenestrated [past tense] | defenestrating [present participle] | defenestrates [3rd-person singular present]

First use: Early 17th century

Origin: de- + Latin fenestra "window"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861603308​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

the Free Dictionary:

defenestrate

Audio 1: British English pronunciation of "defenestrate"

Audio 2: North American English pronunciation of "defenestrate" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/defenestrate

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

defenestrate

Audio: North American pronunciation of "defenestrate"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=defene​02 word=defenestrate

YourDictionary Audio:

defenestrate

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "defenestrate" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/defenestrate

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