lead glass


Definition of lead glass

: glass containing a high proportion of lead oxide and having extraordinary clarity and brilliance

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Recent Examples on the Web Techs and physicians wear lead glasses but are about six times as likely to develop cataracts. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, "New Rampart device, invented in Alabama, offers radiation protection," 3 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of lead glass

1808, in the meaning defined above

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“Lead glass.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lead%20glass. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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