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glass Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun a brittle transparent solid with irregular atomic structure
  2. noun a container for holding liquids while drinking
    drinking glass.
  3. noun the quantity a glass will hold
  4. noun a small refracting telescope
    spyglass; field glass.
  5. noun an amphetamine derivative (trade name Methedrine) used in the form of a crystalline hydrochloride; used as a stimulant to the nervous system and as an appetite suppressant
    chicken feed; methamphetamine; trash; shabu; ice; chalk; crank; Methedrine; meth; methamphetamine hydrochloride; deoxyephedrine.
  6. noun a mirror; usually a ladies' dressing mirror
    looking glass.
  7. noun glassware collectively
    • She collected old glass
  8. verb furnish with glass
    • glass the windows
  9. verb scan (game in the forest) with binoculars
  10. verb enclose with glass
    glass in.
    • glass in a porch
  11. verb put in a glass container
  12. verb become glassy or take on a glass-like appearance
    glaze over; glass over; glaze.
    • Her eyes glaze over when she is bored

Glass noun
OE. glas, gles, AS. glæs; akin to D., G., Dan., & Sw. glas, Icel. glas, gler, Dan. glar; cf. AS. glær amber, L. glaesum. Cf. Glare, n., Glaze, v. t.
  1. A hard, brittle, translucent, and commonly transparent substance, white or colored, having a conchoidal fracture, and made by fusing together sand or silica with lime, potash, soda, or lead oxide. It is used for window panes and mirrors, for articles of table and culinary use, for lenses, and various articles of ornament. ✍ Glass is variously colored by the metallic oxides; thus, manganese colors it violet; copper (cuprous), red, or (cupric) green; cobalt, blue; uranium, yellowish green or canary yellow; iron, green or brown; gold, purple or red; tin, opaque white; chromium, emerald green; antimony, yellow.
  2. (Chem.) Any substance having a peculiar glassy appearance, and a conchoidal fracture, and usually produced by fusion.
  3. Anything made of glass. Especially: (a) A looking-glass; a mirror. (b) A vessel filled with running sand for measuring time; an hourglass; and hence, the time in which such a vessel is exhausted of its sand.
    She would not live The running of one glass. Shak.
    (c) A drinking vessel; a tumbler; a goblet; hence, the contents of such a vessel; especially; spirituous liquors; as, he took a glass at dinner. (d) An optical glass; a lens; a spyglass; -- in the plural, spectacles; as, a pair of glasses; he wears glasses. (e) A weatherglass; a barometer. Glass is much used adjectively or in combination; as, glass maker, or glassmaker; glass making or glassmaking; glass blower or glassblower, etc.
Glass transitive verb
imperfect & past participle Glassed ; present participle & verbal noun Glassing
  1. To reflect, as in a mirror; to mirror; -- used reflexively.
    Happy to glass themselves in such a mirror. Motley.
    Where the Almighty's form glasses itself in tempests. Byron.
  2. To case in glass. R. Shak.
  3. To cover or furnish with glass; to glaze. Boyle.
  4. To smooth or polish anything, as leater, by rubbing it with a glass burnisher.

Webster 1913