Definitions for glass
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word glass.
a brittle transparent solid with irregular atomic structure
glass, drinking glassnoun
a container for holding liquids while drinking
the quantity a glass will hold
field glass, glass, spyglassnoun
a small refracting telescope
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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
looking glass, glassnoun
a mirror; usually a ladies' dressing mirror
"She collected old glass"
furnish with glass
"glass the windows"
scan (game in the forest) with binoculars
glass, glass inverb
enclose with glass
"glass in a porch"
put in a glass container
glaze, glass, glass over, glaze oververb
become glassy or take on a glass-like appearance
"Her eyes glaze over when she is bored"
A solid, transparent substance made by melting sand with a mixture of soda, potash and lime.
The tabletop is made of glass.
A vessel from which one drinks, especially one made of glass, plastic, or similar translucent or semi-translucent material.
Fill my glass with milk please.
The quantity of liquid contained in such a vessel.
Would you like a glass of milk?
Amorphous (non-crystalline) substance.
A popular myth is that window glass is actually an extremely viscous liquid.
We collected art glass.
She adjusted her lipstick in the glass.
A magnifying glass or telescope.
We looked through the glass to see stars.
He caught the rebound off of the glass.
The clear, protective screen surrounding a hockey rink.
He fired the outlet pass off the glass.
To furnish with glass; to glaze.
To view through an optical instrument such as binoculars
To enclose with glass.
To strike (someone), particularly in the face, with a drinking glass with the intent of causing injury.
To bombard an area with such intensity (nuclear bomb, fusion bomb, etc) as to melt the landscape into glass.
The glass is falling hour by hour uE000100103uE001 Louis MacNeice.
Etymology: From glæs, cognate with Old Saxon and Old High German glas, which (in) is attested as a gloss for Latin electrum. These words are developed from glasan. Possibly ultimately from the Proto-Germanic root (compare glow).
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Vitreous; made of glass.
Get thee glass eyes;
And, like a scurvy politician, seem
To see the things thou do’st not. William Shakespeare, King Lear.
Glass bottles are more fit for this second fining than those of wood. John Mortimer, Husbandry.
Etymology: glæs, Saxon; glas, Dutch, as Pezon imagines from glâs, British, green. In Erse it is called klânn, and this primarily signifies clean or clear, being so denominated from its transparency.
The word glass cometh from the Belgick and High Dutch: glass, from the verb glansen, which signifies amongst them to shine; or perhaps from glacies in the Latin, which is ice, whose colour it resembles. Henry Peacham, on Drawing.
Glass is thought so compact and firm a body that it is indestructible by art or nature, and is also of so close a texture that the subtlest chymical spirits cannot pervade it. Boyle.
Show’rs of granadoes rain, by sudden burst
Disploding murd’rous bowels, fragments of steel
And stones, and glass and nitrous grain adust. Phillips.
I’ll see no more;
And yet the eighth appears, who bears a glass
Which shews me many more. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.
He was the mark and glass, copy and book,
That fashion’d others. William Shakespeare, Henry IV. p. ii.
He spreads his subtile nets from sight,
With twinkling glasses, to betray
The larks that in the meshes light. John Dryden, Horace.
Were my wife’s liver
Infected as her life, she would not live
The running of one glass. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.
To this last costly treaty,
That swallow’d so much treasure, and like a glass
Did break i’ th’ rinsing. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.
When thy heart
Dilates with fervent joys, and eager soul
Prompts to pursue the sparkling glass, besure
’Tis time to shun it. Phillips.
While a man thinks one glass more will not make him drunk, that one glass hath disabled him from well discerning his present condition. Jeremy Taylor, Rule of living holy.
The first glass may pass for health, the second for good-humour, the third for our friends; but the fourth is for our enemies. William Temple.
Like those who have surveyed the moon by glasses, I can only tell of a new and shining world above us; but not relate the riches and glories of the place. Dryden.
Methinks I am partaker of thy passion,
And in thy case do glass mine own debility. Philip Sidney, b. ii.
Methought all his senses were lockt in his eye,
As jewels in crystal for some prince to buy;
Who tend’ring their own worth, from whence they were glasst,
Did point out to buy them, along as you past. William Shakespeare.
I have observed little grains of silver to lie hid in the small cavities, perhaps glassed over by a vitrifying heat, in crucibles wherein silver has been long kept in fusion. Boyle.
Glass is a non-crystalline, often transparent amorphous solid, that has widespread practical, technological, and decorative use in, for example, window panes, tableware, and optics. Glass is most often formed by rapid cooling (quenching) of the molten form; some glasses such as volcanic glass are naturally occurring. The most familiar, and historically the oldest, types of manufactured glass are "silicate glasses" based on the chemical compound silica (silicon dioxide, or quartz), the primary constituent of sand. Soda-lime glass, containing around 70% silica, account for around 90% of manufactured glass. The term glass, in popular usage, is often used to refer only to this type of material, although silica-free glasses often have desirable properties for applications in modern communications technology. Some objects, such as drinking glasses and eyeglasses, are so commonly made of silicate-based glass that they are simply called by the name of the material. Although brittle, silicate glass is extremely durable, and many examples of glass fragments exist from early glass-making cultures. Archaeological evidence suggests glass-making dates back to at least 3,600 BCE in Mesopotamia, Egypt, or Syria. The earliest known glass objects were beads, perhaps created accidentally during metal-working or the production of faience. Due to its ease of formability into any shape, glass has been traditionally used for vessels: bowls, vases, bottles, jars and drinking glasses. In its most solid forms, it has also been used for paperweights and marbles. Glass can be coloured by adding metal salts or painted and printed with vitreous enamels, leading to its use in stained glass windows and other glass art objects. The refractive, reflective and transmission properties of glass make glass suitable for manufacturing optical lenses, prisms, and optoelectronics materials. Extruded glass fibres have application as optical fibres in communications networks, thermal insulating material when matted as glass wool so as to trap air, or in glass-fibre reinforced plastic (fibreglass).
Glass is a hard, brittle, transparent or translucent substance that is typically produced by supercooling a melted mixture, primarily consisting of silica, soda, and lime, and then solidifying it without crystallization. It is often used in applications like window panes, drinking containers, and eyewear due to its unique properties like the ability to refract, transmit and reflect light without scattering it. It can also undergo coloration, reinforcement or be tempered for additional properties.
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
any substance having a peculiar glassy appearance, and a conchoidal fracture, and usually produced by fusion
anything made of glass
a looking-glass; a mirror
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
a drinking vessel; a tumbler; a goblet; hence, the contents of such a vessel; especially; spirituous liquors; as, he took a glass at dinner
an optical glass; a lens; a spyglass; -- in the plural, spectacles; as, a pair of glasses; he wears glasses
a weatherglass; a barometer
to reflect, as in a mirror; to mirror; -- used reflexively
to case in glass
to cover or furnish with glass; to glaze
to smooth or polish anything, as leater, by rubbing it with a glass burnisher
Etymology: [OE. glas, gles, AS. gls; akin to D., G., Dan., & Sw. glas, Icel. glas, gler, Dan. glar; cf. AS. glr amber, L. glaesum. Cf. Glare, n., Glaze, v. t.]
Glass is an amorphous solid material that exhibits a glass transition, which is the reversible transition in amorphous materials from a hard and relatively brittle state into a molten or rubber-like state. Glasses are typically brittle and can be optically transparent. The most familiar type of glass, used for centuries in windows and drinking vessels, is soda-lime glass, composed of about 75% silica plus sodium oxide from soda ash, lime, and several minor additives. Often, the term glass is used in a restricted sense to refer to this specific use. From the 19th century, various types of fancy glass started to become significant branches of the decorative arts. Objects made out of glass include not only traditional objects such as vessels, paperweights, marbles, beads, but an endless range of sculpture and installation art as well. Colored glass is often used, though sometimes the glass is painted, innumerable examples exist of the use of stained glass. In science, however, the term glass is usually defined in a much wider sense, including every solid that possesses a non-crystalline structure and that exhibits a glass transition when heated towards the liquid state. In this wider sense, glasses can be made of quite different classes of materials: metallic alloys, ionic melts, aqueous solutions, molecular liquids, and polymers. For many applications polymer glasses are a lighter alternative to traditional silica glasses.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
glas, n. a combination of silica with some alkali or alkaline earth, such as lime, &c., used for window panes, mirrors, lenses, &c.: anything made of glass, esp. a drinking-vessel, a mirror, &c.: the quantity of liquid a glass holds: any fused substance like glass, with a vitreous fracture: (pl.) spectacles.—adj. made of glass.—v.t. to case in glass.—ns. Glass′-blow′er, one who blows and fashions glass; Glass′-blow′ing, the process of making glass, by taking a mass of glass reduced by heat to a viscid state, and inflating it; Glass′-coach, a coach for hire having glazed windows; Glass′-crab, the larval form of rock lobsters, &c., but formerly regarded as adults, and made into a genus or even family; Glass′-cut′ter; Glass′-cut′ting, the act or process of cutting, shaping, and ornamenting the surface of glass.—adj. Glass′-faced (Shak.), reflecting the sentiments of another, as in a mirror.—n. Glass′ful, the contents of a glass.—adj. Glass′-gaz′ing (Shak.), addicted to viewing one's self in a mirror.—ns. Glass′-grind′ing, the ornamenting of glass by rubbing with sand, emery, &c.; Glass′-house, a glass manufactory: a house made of glass.—adv. Glass′ily.—n. Glass′iness.—adj. Glass′-like.—ns. Glass′-paint′ing, the art of producing pictures on glass by means of staining it chemically; Glass′-pā′per, paper coated with finely pounded glass, and used like sand-paper; Glass′-soap, an oxide of manganese and other substances used by glass-blowers to remove colouring from glass; Glass′ware, articles made of glass; Glass′-work, articles made of glass; Glass′wort, a plant so called from its yielding soda, used in making glass.—adjs. Glass′y, made of or like glass; Glass′y-head′ed (Tenn.), having a bald, shining head.—ns. Cut′-glass, flint-glass shaped or ornamented by cutting or grinding on a wheel; Ground′-glass, any glass that has been depolished by a sand-blast, grinding, or etching with acids, so as to destroy its transparency; Plate′-glass, glass cast in large thick plates.—Live in a glass house=to be open to attack or retort.—Musical glasses (see Harmonica).—Water, or Soluble, glass, the soluble silicate of soda or of potash formed when silica is fused with an excess of alkali, used for hardening artificial stone, as a cement, and for rendering calico, &c., uninflammable. [A.S. glæs; Dut., Ger., and Sw. glas; cog. with glow, gleam, glance, glare.]
The New Hacker's Dictionary
[IBM] Synonym for silicon.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
Hard, amorphous, brittle, inorganic, usually transparent, polymerous silicate of basic oxides, usually potassium or sodium. It is used in the form of hard sheets, vessels, tubing, fibers, ceramics, beads, etc.
The Standard Electrical Dictionary
A fused mixture of silicates of various oxides. It is of extremely varied composition and its electric constants vary greatly. Many determinations of its specific resistance have been made. For flint glass at 100° C. (212° F.) about (2.06E14) ohms --at 60° C (140° F.) (1.020E15) (Thomas Gray) is given, while another observer (Beetz) gives for glass at ordinary temperatures an immeasurably high resistance. It is therefore a non-conductor of very high order if dry. As a dielectric the specific inductive capacity of different samples of flint glass is given as 6.57--6.85--7.4--10.1 (Hopkinson), thus exceeding all other ordinary dielectrics. The densest glass, other things being equal, has the highest specific inductive capacity.
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Dictionary of Nautical Terms
The usual appellation for a telescope (see the old sea song of Lord Howard's capture of Barton the pirate). Also, the familiar term for a barometer. Glass is also used in the plural to denote time-glass on the duration of any action; as, they fought yard-arm and yard-arm three glasses, i.e. three half-hours.--To flog or sweat the half-hour glass. To turn the sand-glass before the sand has quite run out, and thus gaining a few minutes in each half-hour, make the watch too short.--Half-minute and quarter-minute glasses, used to ascertain the rate of the ship's velocity measured by the log; they should be occasionally compared with a good stop watch.--Night-glass. A telescope adapted for viewing objects at night.
A type of material and product.
There is glass in every window created.
Submitted by MaryC on February 29, 2020
Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Glass is ranked #823 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Glass surname appeared 41,802 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 14 would have the surname Glass.
76.9% or 32,183 total occurrences were White.
17.3% or 7,253 total occurrences were Black.
2.2% or 957 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
1.8% or 786 total occurrences were of two or more races.
1% or 443 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
0.4% or 184 total occurrences were Asian.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'glass' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1049
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'glass' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1459
Rank popularity for the word 'glass' in Nouns Frequency: #368
The numerical value of glass in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of glass in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Let yourself be open and life will be easier. A spoon of salt in a glass of water makes the water undrinkable. A spoon of salt in a lake is almost unnoticed.
If you can see all of this stuff shining on the wipes, that is all glass, all we have to do is wipe and glass comes right off.
It’s easy to see this glass [as] totally empty, but the reality is it’s your glass, you own it, so you have to be the one responsible for what you put in that glass.
There is no den in the wide world to hide a rogue. Commit a crime and the earth is made of glass. Commit a crime, and it seems as if a coat of snow fell on the ground, such as reveals in the woods the track of every partridge, and fox, and squirrel.
Nursing Home Orderly You can trouble me for a warm glass of shut-the-hell-up. Now, you will go to sleep or I will put you to sleep. Check out the name tag. You're in my world now, grandma.
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- beire, bidreAragonese
- كوب, زُجَاج, كأسArabic
- стъкло, чашаBulgarian
- got, vas, vidreCatalan, Valencian
- sklo, skleniceCzech
- γυαλί, ποτήριGreek
- vitro, glasoEsperanto
- vidrio, cristal, copa, vasoSpanish
- beira, edalontziBasque
- شیشه, آبگینه, جام, استکان, لیوانPersian
- glêsWestern Frisian
- glainne, gloinneScottish Gaelic
- זגוגית, כוס, זכוכיתHebrew
- ग्लास, शीशाHindi
- vèHaitian Creole
- pohár, üvegHungarian
- ապակի, բաժակArmenian
- gelas, kacaIndonesian
- gler, glasIcelandic
- vetro, bicchiereItalian
- ガラス, コップ, 硝子, グラスJapanese
- მინა, ჭიქაGeorgian
- girathiKikuyu, Gikuyu
- imertarfikKalaallisut, Greenlandic
- 유리, 글라스, 잔Korean
- glas, جام, شووشه, şûşe, cam, پهرداخ, belûr, شووشه, perdaq, piyale, پهرداغKurdish
- vitrum, speculoLatin
- GlasLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- ແກ້ວ, ຈອກLao
- stìklas, stiklinėLithuanian
- stikls, glāzeLatvian
- karaehe, karaihe, karāheMāori
- стакло, чашаMacedonian
- പളുങ്കുപാത്രം, ഗ്ലാസ, സ്ഫടികംMalayalam
- kaca, gelasMalay
- ဖန်, မှန်Burmese
- glasNorwegian Nynorsk
- tsésǫʼNavajo, Navaho
- авгOssetian, Ossetic
- ਸ਼ੀਸ਼ਾPanjabi, Punjabi
- szkło, szklanka, kieliszekPolish
- vidro, copoPortuguese
- pahar, sticlăRomanian
- стекло, стакан, рюмкаRussian
- стакло, staklo, srča, cpчa, чаша, čašaSerbo-Croatian
- sklo, pohárSlovak
- kozarec, stêkloSlovene
- xham, qelqAlbanian
- kgalaseSouthern Sotho
- లోటా, గాజుTelugu
- salamin, basoTagalog
- sio'ata, ipu sio'ata, fakasio'ataTonga (Tonga Islands)
- bardak, camTurkish
- ئەينەكUyghur, Uighur
- скло, склянкаUkrainian
- گلاس, شیشہUrdu
- thuỷ tinh, lyVietnamese
- glät, värVolapük
- גלאָז, גלאזYiddish
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