What does glass mean?

Definitions for glass
glæs, glɑsglass

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word glass.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. glass(noun)

    a brittle transparent solid with irregular atomic structure

  2. glass, drinking glass(noun)

    a container for holding liquids while drinking

  3. glass, glassful(noun)

    the quantity a glass will hold

  4. field glass, glass, spyglass(noun)

    a small refracting telescope

  5. methamphetamine, methamphetamine hydrochloride, Methedrine, meth, deoxyephedrine, chalk, chicken feed, crank, glass, ice, shabu, trash(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

  6. looking glass, glass(noun)

    a mirror; usually a ladies' dressing mirror

  7. glass(verb)

    glassware collectively

    "She collected old glass"

  8. glass, glaze(verb)

    furnish with glass

    "glass the windows"

  9. glass(verb)

    scan (game in the forest) with binoculars

  10. glass, glass in(verb)

    enclose with glass

    "glass in a porch"

  11. glass(verb)

    put in a glass container

  12. glaze, glass, glass over, glaze over(verb)

    become glassy or take on a glass-like appearance

    "Her eyes glaze over when she is bored"


  1. glass(Noun)

    A solid, transparent substance made by melting sand with a mixture of soda, potash and lime.

    The tabletop is made of glass.

  2. glass(Noun)

    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.

  3. glass(Noun)

    The quantity of liquid contained in such a vessel.

    Would you like a glass of milk?

  4. glass(Noun)

    Amorphous (non-crystalline) substance.

    A popular myth is that window glass is actually an extremely viscous liquid.

  5. glass(Noun)


    We collected art glass.

  6. glass(Noun)

    A mirror.

    She adjusted her lipstick in the glass.

  7. glass(Noun)

    A magnifying glass or telescope.

    We looked through the glass to see stars.

  8. glass(Noun)

    The backboard.

    He caught the rebound off of the glass.

  9. glass(Noun)

    The clear, protective screen surrounding a hockey rink.

    He fired the outlet pass off the glass.

  10. glass(Verb)

    To furnish with glass; to glaze.

  11. glass(Verb)

    To view through an optical instrument such as binoculars

  12. glass(Verb)

    To enclose with glass.

  13. glass(Verb)

    To strike (someone), particularly in the face, with a drinking glass with the intent of causing injury.

  14. glass(Verb)

    To bombard an area with such intensity (nuclear bomb, fusion bomb, etc) as to melt the landscape into glass.

  15. glass(Noun)

    A barometer.

    The glass is falling hour by hour uE000100103uE001 Louis MacNeice.

  16. Origin: 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).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Glass(verb)

    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

  2. Glass(verb)

    any substance having a peculiar glassy appearance, and a conchoidal fracture, and usually produced by fusion

  3. Glass(verb)

    anything made of glass

  4. Glass(verb)

    a looking-glass; a mirror

  5. Glass(verb)

    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

  6. Glass(verb)

    a drinking vessel; a tumbler; a goblet; hence, the contents of such a vessel; especially; spirituous liquors; as, he took a glass at dinner

  7. Glass(verb)

    an optical glass; a lens; a spyglass; -- in the plural, spectacles; as, a pair of glasses; he wears glasses

  8. Glass(verb)

    a weatherglass; a barometer

  9. Glass(verb)

    to reflect, as in a mirror; to mirror; -- used reflexively

  10. Glass(verb)

    to case in glass

  11. Glass(verb)

    to cover or furnish with glass; to glaze

  12. Glass(verb)

    to smooth or polish anything, as leater, by rubbing it with a glass burnisher

  13. Origin: [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.]


  1. Glass

    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

  1. Glass

    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

  1. glass

    [IBM] Synonym for silicon.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Glass

    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

  1. Glass

    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.


  1. Glass

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Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. glass

    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.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'glass' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1049

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'glass' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1459

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'glass' in Nouns Frequency: #368

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of glass in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of glass in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of glass in a Sentence

  1. Megyn Kelly:

    I have never had a glass of alcohol.

  2. Alan Blinder:

    You're not going to see Glass-Steagall.

  3. Owen Felltham:

    Meditation is the soul's perspective glass.

  4. Assyrian Proverb:

    The hammer shatters glass but forges steel.

  5. Scott Campbell:

    People in glass houses shouldn't get stoned

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