“Double pane windows”
gets 8,660,000 results on Google. Surprisingly, the incorrect
“double pain windows” gets 2,130,000 hits, a demonstration that trying to spell
a word based on its sound alone is risky business.
Pane is an interesting word. It came from
the Latin pannus, a piece of cloth—the
part of a garment that hangs down. To some, that evoked images of a wall or the
side of a building. The OED allows us to track the progress of the word in
English through the years.
A section of a wall or fence.
· A side of a quadrangle, cloister, court, or town.
The flat surface of an object having
A patch of ground in a garden.
Strips of cloth joined side by side to make
a single garment.
Slashes in a garment to reveal a decorative
A portion of a window formed by a single
piece of glass held in place by a frame.
In computing, one of the areas into which a
window is divided while using an application.
Each of the segments of a checkered
A section of a paneled door.
A subdivision of a sheet of stamps.
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