ground glass


: glass with a light-diffusing surface produced by etching or abrading

Examples of ground glass in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web More time slipped away like frit — the finely ground glass used to paint gorgeous glass images — through Carey’s fingers. Peter Larsen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Nov. 2023 These cameras normally have precisely ground glass lenses and large, high-quality image sensors. IEEE Spectrum, 25 Oct. 2016 In South Africa’s Eastern Cape, Helen Martins, who lived from 1897 to 1976, created The Owl House, which features over 300 sculptures made from concrete and ground glass. Max Olesker, Longreads, 13 July 2023 For all the multiphoton microscopes in his lab, Sulzer can still seem like Galileo, trying to infer the positions of planets from pinpricks of light in ground glass. Burkhard Bilger, The New Yorker, 27 Mar. 2023 And it’s been trial and error, chewing on ground glass. Kaitlyn Greenidge, Harper's BAZAAR, 28 Oct. 2021 There are works in bronze, marble, terracotta and plaster, and one remarkable mask of Rodin’s lifelong partner, Rose Beuret, in pate de verre (a paste of ground glass brushed into a mold and then fired). Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, 22 July 2022 Brown polarized lenses, crafted from a proprietary synthetic, deliver optics as sharp as ground glass: colors throb, and details jump out. Mike Steere, Outside Online, 14 May 2015 Sure enough, his lungs have the ground glass appearance as well. Los Angeles Times, 18 Nov. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1802, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ground glass was in 1802

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“Ground glass.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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