adjective, often capitalized
plate·​glass | \ˈplāt-ˈglas, -ˌglas\

Definition of plateglass 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or being the British universities founded in the latter half of the 20th century — compare oxbridge, redbrick sense 2

plate glass


Definition of plate glass (Entry 2 of 2)

: rolled, ground, and polished sheet glass

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The Celestial opened in 1963 and has long been known for its view, which takes in Downtown, the Ohio River and Kentucky, the plate glass windows contrasting with a knotty-pine atmosphere inside. Polly Campbell,, "Celestial closing, to become event center," 9 July 2018 The motorcycle struck the concrete sidewalk curb, the worker was thrown off the motorcycle and propelled through a plate glass window of a building. Dana Rose Falcone,, "Deadpool 2 Is Dedicated to the Stuntwoman Who Died on Set Filming a Motorcycle Stunt," 18 May 2018 Even from the sidewalk, through the plate glass and deep inside Jenkins Johnson Gallery (464 Sutter St., S.F., a pair of brightly colorful images may catch your eye. Charles Desmarais, San Francisco Chronicle, "A bit of designer silk as a symbol of clashing cultures," 3 Apr. 2018 Fire Marshal Raymond Roberts was blown through the store’s plate glass window and came to rest on the curb, 20 feet away. John Kelly, Washington Post, "In 1953, 44 firefighters were injured when a store on H Street NE exploded," 3 Feb. 2018 The entrance bay is adorn with plate glass panels and grillwork. Janet Eastman,, "On the market: Romantic Oregon beach homes (photos) Psst: It's almost Valentine's Day," 10 Feb. 2018 In one episode during the dead of winter, Good tried to walk through a plate glass door several times wearing only a turtleneck and underpants. Jeremy Lybarger, Longreads, "The Encylopedia of the Missing," 11 Jan. 2018 Newly released surveillance footage from the inside of a Pollo Tropical in Davie shows the moment a car smashed through a plate glass window into the restaurant, killing a woman who happened to be sitting in a booth by that window. Brett Clarkson,, "Video shows car crashing through window of Pollo Tropical restaurant, killing woman," 14 Dec. 2017 Standing in front of the plate glass may very well be the safest place to be in a commercial building during a hurricane. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "The Hope in Houston," 3 Sep. 2017

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1968, in the meaning defined above


1728, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of plate glass

: large sheets of very clear and thick glass

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