water glass


: a glass vessel (such as a drinking glass) for holding water
: an instrument consisting of an open box or tube with a glass bottom used for examining objects in or under water
: a substance that consists usually of the silicate of sodium, is found in commerce as a glassy mass, a stony powder, or dissolved in water as a viscous syrupy liquid, and is used especially as a cement, a protective coating, and as a fireproofing agent

Examples of water glass in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web During a conversation at a kitchen table, the pair broke into an argument over mixing up each other's water glasses. Raven Brunner, Peoplemag, 26 May 2024 During a conversation at a kitchen table over restaurant health inspection grades, the pair breaks into an argument about whose water glass is whose — which leads to a hilarious fictional reason behind the tour postponement. Daniela Avila, Peoplemag, 2 Apr. 2024 After a brief discussion about restaurant health inspection grades over breakfast, the singer and David find themselves in a back-and-forth about whose water glass is whose. Tomás Mier, Rolling Stone, 1 Apr. 2024 Naturally, Springsteen blames David (and the water glass incident) for the show’s cancelation on social media, causing his fans to attack the comedian. Tomás Mier, Rolling Stone, 1 Apr. 2024 The service: This is a place where your water glass will never be empty and crumbs on your tablecloth will be dutifully combed away. Malcolm Mayhew, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 31 Jan. 2024 Place water glasses close to the plate above the entree knife. Betsy Cribb Watson, Southern Living, 31 Jan. 2024 Place a milk or water glass at one o'clock beside the plate. Betsy Cribb Watson, Southern Living, 31 Jan. 2024 Elevated water glasses Horne notes that a special water glass is especially nice for non-drinkers like himself, who often miss out on the fun stemware. Laura Fenton, wsj.com, 5 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of water glass was in 1590

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“Water glass.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20glass. Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

water glass

: a glass container (as a drinking glass) for holding water

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