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 for French window
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  French \French\ (fr[e^]nch), prop. a. [AS. frencisc, LL.
     franciscus, from L. Francus a Frank: cf. OF. franceis,
     franchois, fran[,c]ois, F. fran[,c]ais. See Frank, a., and
     cf. Frankish.]
     Of or pertaining to France or its inhabitants.
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     French bean (Bot.), the common kidney bean ({Phaseolus
        vulgaris).
  
     French berry (Bot.), the berry of a species of buckthorn
        ({Rhamnus catharticus), which affords a saffron, green or
        purple pigment.
  
     French casement (Arch.) See French window, under
        Window.
  
     French chalk (Min.), a variety of granular talc; -- used
        for drawing lines on cloth, etc. See under Chalk.
  
     French cowslip (Bot.) The Primula Auricula. See
        Bear's-ear.
  
     French fake (Naut.), a mode of coiling a rope by running it
        backward and forward in parallel bends, so that it may run
        freely.
  
     French honeysuckle (Bot.) a plant of the genus Hedysarum
        ({H. coronarium); -- called also garland honeysuckle.
        
  
     French horn, a metallic wind instrument, consisting of a
        long tube twisted into circular folds and gradually
        expanding from the mouthpiece to the end at which the
        sound issues; -- called in France cor de chasse.
  
     French leave, an informal, hasty, or secret departure;
        esp., the leaving a place without paying one's debts.
  
     French pie [French (here used in sense of "foreign") + pie
        a magpie (in allusion to its black and white color)]
        (Zool.), the European great spotted woodpecker ({Dryobstes
        major); -- called also wood pie.
  
     French polish.
     (a) A preparation for the surface of woodwork, consisting of
         gums dissolved in alcohol, either shellac alone, or
         shellac with other gums added.
     (b) The glossy surface produced by the application of the
         above.
  
     French purple, a dyestuff obtained from lichens and used
        for coloring woolen and silken fabrics, without the aid of
        mordants. --Ure.
  
     French red rouge.
  
     French rice, amelcorn.
  
     French roof (Arch.), a modified form of mansard roof having
        a nearly flat deck for the upper slope.
  
     French tub, a dyer's mixture of protochloride of tin and
        logwood; -- called also plum tub. --Ure.
  
     French window. See under Window.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Window \Win"dow\, n. [OE. windowe, windoge, Icel. vindauga
     window, properly, wind eye; akin to Dan. vindue. ????. See
     Wind, n., and Eye.]
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     1. An opening in the wall of a building for the admission of
        light and air, usually closed by casements or sashes
        containing some transparent material, as glass, and
        capable of being opened and shut at pleasure.
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              I leaped from the window of the citadel. --Shak.
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              Then to come, in spite of sorrow,
              And at my window bid good morrow.     --Milton.
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     2. (Arch.) The shutter, casement, sash with its fittings, or
        other framework, which closes a window opening.
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     3. A figure formed of lines crossing each other. [R.]
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              Till he has windows on his bread and butter. --King.
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     4. a period of time in which some activity may be uniquely
        possible, more easily accomplished, or more likely to
        succeed; as, a launch window for a mission to Mars.
        [PJC]
  
     5. (Computers) a region on a computer display screen which
        represents a separate computational process, controlled
        more or less independently from the remaining part of the
        screen, and having widely varying functions, from simply
        displaying information to comprising a separate conceptual
        screen in which output can be visualized, input can be
        controlled, program dialogs may be accomplished, and a
        program may be controlled independently of any other
        processes occurring in the computer. The window may have a
        fixed location and size, or (as in modern Graphical User
        Interfaces) may have its size and location on the screen
        under the control of the operator.
        [PJC]
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     French window (Arch.), a casement window in two folds,
        usually reaching to the floor; -- called also French
        casement.
  
     Window back (Arch.), the inside face of the low, and
        usually thin, piece of wall between the window sill and
        the floor below.
  
     Window blind, a blind or shade for a window.
  
     Window bole, part of a window closed by a shutter which can
        be opened at will. [Scot.]
  
     Window box, one of the hollows in the sides of a window
        frame for the weights which counterbalance a lifting sash.
        
  
     Window frame, the frame of a window which receives and
        holds the sashes or casement.
  
     Window glass, panes of glass for windows; the kind of glass
        used in windows.
  
     Window martin (Zool.), the common European martin. [Prov.
        Eng.]
  
     Window oyster (Zool.), a marine bivalve shell ({Placuna
        placenta) native of the East Indies and China. Its valves
        are very broad, thin, and translucent, and are said to
        have been used formerly in place of glass.
  
     Window pane.
        (a) (Arch.) See Pane, n., 3
        (b) .
        (b) (Zool.) See Windowpane, in the Vocabulary.
  
     Window sash, the sash, or light frame, in which panes of
        glass are set for windows.
  
     Window seat, a seat arranged in the recess of a window. See
        Window stool, under Stool.
  
     Window shade, a shade or blind for a window; usually, one
        that is hung on a roller.
  
     Window shell (Zool.), the window oyster.
  
     Window shutter, a shutter or blind used to close or darken
        windows.
  
     Window sill (Arch.), the flat piece of wood, stone, or the
        like, at the bottom of a window frame.
  
     Window swallow (Zool.), the common European martin. [Prov.
        Eng.]
  
     Window tax, a tax or duty formerly levied on all windows,
        or openings for light, above the number of eight in houses
        standing in cities or towns. [Eng.]
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  French window
      n 1: a French door situated in an exterior wall of a building

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