glass

noun, often attributive
\ ˈglas How to pronounce glass (audio) , ˈgläs \

Definition of glass

 (Entry 1 of 4)

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
2a : something made of glass: such as
(1) : tumbler also : glassware
(2) : mirror
(3) : barometer
(4) : hourglass
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
5 : crystal meth specifically : a pure form of crystal meth

glass

verb
glassed; glassing; glasses

Definition of glass (Entry 2 of 4)

transitive verb

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

Glass

biographical name (1)
\ ˈglas How to pronounce Glass (audio) \

Definition of Glass (Entry 3 of 4)

Carter 1858–1946 American statesman

Glass

biographical name (2)

Definition of Glass (Entry 4 of 4)

Philip 1937–     American composer

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Other Words from glass

Noun

glassful \ ˈglas-​ˌfu̇l How to pronounce Glass (audio) \ noun
glassless \ ˈglas-​ləs How to pronounce Glass (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for glass

Synonyms: Noun

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Businesses in the glass, electric, trucking and metal fabrication industries have moved to town, and a cross-laminated timber manufacturing business is setting up shop soon, Drinkwine said. oregonlive, 15 June 2021 The transfer works on many surfaces, including wood, canvas, paper, glass, metal, ceramic, clay, and others. Chris Hachey, BGR, 15 June 2021 Be careful around broken glass, debris, chimneys and downed power lines. Los Angeles Times, 12 June 2021 Robin and Andréa McBride are changing the world of winemaking—one glass at a time. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, 10 June 2021 And why not cap it off with a tip of the cap – and the glass – to Samuel Hannaford himself. Kathrine Nero, The Enquirer, 7 June 2021 Strain into a tall glass over fresh ice and top with 3-4oz soda water, and garnish with a mint crown stuck through the middle of a cucumber coin. Jason O'bryan, Robb Report, 3 June 2021 Shake off the bad vibes in a shaker tin, then strain the shimmering contents into a glass. Annie Werner, Bon Appétit, 2 June 2021 Strain over one large ice spear into a highball glass. Jillian Dara, Forbes, 31 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The plan was simple: Walk out to points of long ridges and glass open areas below. Jace Bauserman, Outdoor Life, 23 Dec. 2020 Years ago, the industry switched from metal backs to glass in order to facilitate wireless charging, since the RF signals couldn't penetrate metal. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 2 Nov. 2020 There, several glassed-in enclosures contained multiple cubs, the couple says. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, 17 Apr. 2020 Throughout the night, Wolf zipped between the gleaming glassed-in kitchen and the dining room, touching both the tables of regulars and strangers like me. Adam Erace, Fortune, 8 Mar. 2020 Fit hunters glassing the Salmon River’s breaks in spring can find multiple bears on any given evening. Andrew Mckean, Outdoor Life, 2 Apr. 2020 But some of the small glassed-in study rooms have at least four students grouped around the table, putting them much closer than six feet from each other. Alec Macgillis, ProPublica, 26 Mar. 2020 Colglazier was glassing when dawn broke on the Kansas rifle season. Scott Bestul, Field & Stream, 7 Jan. 2020 Carson’s glassed-in kitchen, perched above the entrance, overlooks the whole scene like a command center. Los Angeles Times, 29 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of glass

Noun

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

Verb

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

History and Etymology for glass

Noun

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

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

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18 Jun 2021

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“Glass.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glass. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for glass

glass

noun

English Language Learners Definition of glass

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a hard usually transparent material that is used for making windows and other products
: a drinking container made out of glass
: the amount held by a glass container

glass

verb

English Language Learners Definition of glass (Entry 2 of 2)

: to fit, protect, or enclose (something) with glass

glass

noun
\ ˈglas How to pronounce glass (audio) \

Kids Definition of glass

1 : a hard brittle usually transparent substance commonly made from sand heated with chemicals
2 : a drinking container made of glass
3 glasses plural : a pair of glass or plastic lenses held in a frame and used to help a person see clearly or to protect the eyes
4 : the contents of a glass a glass of milk

glass

noun, often attributive
\ ˈglas How to pronounce glass (audio) \

Medical Definition of glass

1a : 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
2a : 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

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