glass

1 of 2

noun

ˈglas How to pronounce glass (audio)
ˈgläs
often attributive
1
: any of various amorphous materials formed from a melt by cooling to rigidity without crystallization: such as
a
: a usually transparent or translucent material consisting typically of a mixture of silicates
b
: a material (such as obsidian) produced by fast cooling of magma
2
a
: something made of glass: such as
(1)
: tumbler
also : glassware
(2)
: mirror
(3)
(4)
b(1)
: an optical instrument or device that has one or more lenses and is designed to aid in the viewing of objects not readily seen
(2)
: field glasses, binoculars
usually used in plural
c
glasses plural : a device used to correct defects of vision or to protect the eyes that consists typically of a pair of glass or plastic lenses and the frame by which they are held in place

called also eyeglasses, spectacles

3
: the quantity held by a glass container
4
5
: crystal meth
specifically : a pure form of crystal meth
glassful noun
glassless adjective

glass

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verb

glassed; glassing; glasses

transitive verb

1
a
: to provide with glass : glaze sense 1
b
: to enclose, case, or wall with glass
the sunroom was glassed in
2
: to make glassy
3
a
b
: to see mirrored
4
: to look at through an optical instrument (such as a pair of binoculars)

Examples of glass in a Sentence

Noun The waiter filled our glasses with water. She drank two glasses of water. She was wearing dark glasses with thick black frames.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
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Verb
Both of us glassed him for a moment, then Les turned to me. Jack O'Connor, Outdoor Life, 2 May 2024 So take a day or two off from hunting, drive around, and glass these food sources to find out which ones the deer are really hammering. Scott Bestul, Field & Stream, 4 Jan. 2024 See all Example Sentences for glass 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English glas, from Old English glæs; akin to Old English geolu yellow — more at yellow

First Known Use

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of glass was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Glass.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glass. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

glass

1 of 2 noun
1
: a hard brittle usually transparent substance commonly formed by melting a mixture of sand and chemicals and cooling to hardness
2
a
: something (as a water tumbler, lens, mirror, barometer, or telescope) that is made of glass or has a glass lens
b
plural : a pair of glass or plastic lenses held in a frame and used to help one see clearly or to protect the eyes
3
: the quantity held by a glass
glassful noun

glass

2 of 2 verb
: to fit or protect with glass

Medical Definition

glass

noun
often attributive
1
a
: an amorphous inorganic usually transparent or translucent substance consisting of a mixture of silicates or sometimes borates or phosphates formed by fusion of silica or of oxides of boron or phosphorus with a flux and a stabilizer into a mass that cools to a rigid condition without crystallization
b
: a substance resembling glass especially in hardness and transparency
organic glasses made from plastics
2
a
: an optical instrument or device that has one or more lenses and is designed to aid in the viewing of objects not readily seen
b
glasses plural : a device used to correct defects of vision or to protect the eyes that consists typically of a pair of glass or plastic lenses and the frame by which they are held in place

called also eyeglasses

Biographical Definition

Glass 1 of 2

biographical name (1)

Carter 1858–1946 American statesman

Glass

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biographical name (2)

Philip 1937–     American composer

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