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The True Definition of a Window The casement or sash fitted with glass which closes an opening in the wall of a structure but has access to light and air is the basic definition of a window However it may have a square round or pointed head it may also be single double or grouped In relation to the wall it may be flush recessed or projected A projected window is called a bay window if polygonal if it is semicircular its called a bow window an oriel if it has corbelled brick or stone supports A mullioned window is divided by slender bars into panes when the bars radiate from the center of a circular bar it is called a wheel It takes the name of rose window when adorned with stained glass or figure design The long narrow window of the English Perpendicular Gothic church is called a lancet a lunette fills a somewhat crescent-shaped space under a vaulted intersection high on a wall A fanlight characteristic of the American Colonial style is either a semicircular transom usually over an entrance or a small attic window or often a pair on the chimney A French window reaches the floor and has double casements opening as doors originating in France in the late Renaissance it was adopted throughout the Continent and in the Southern states in America The double-hung sashes sliding up and down within the frame first used in Renaissance England attained wide popularity In Spain windows are frequently ornate with stone framework an elaborate head and a decorative iron grille In Indian and Byzantine windows a pierced slab of marble or alabaster often substitutes for glass Muslims also used cement frames in which colored glass was set in brilliant arabesque forms Carved and turned wood grilles are found in Syria and Egypt In China and Japan rice paper protected by a sliding wooden shutter often takes the place of glass Shell
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