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looking glass

noun
1.
a mirror made of glass with a metallic or amalgam backing.
2.
the glass used in a mirror.
3.
anything used as a mirror, as highly polished metal or a reflecting surface.
Origin of looking glass
1520-1530
1520-30
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  • I notice that Pennant mentions that the lapwing is decoyed into nets by the twirling of looking glass.

    Practical Taxidermy Montagu Browne
  • The Indians were utterly defeated and looking glass was killed.

    The Yellowstone National Park Hiram Martin Chittenden
  • A thing of my own invention,' to quote the knight in 'Through the looking glass.'

    We Two Edna Lyall
  • Only the wonder-filled child can go through the looking glass and—stay.

    The Mating of the Moons Kenneth O'Hara
  • It is said that artists, who paint their own portraits, make a mere copy of their image in the looking glass.

    Interludes Horace Smith
British Dictionary definitions for looking glass

looking glass

noun
1.
a mirror, esp a ladies' dressing mirror
adjective
2.
with normal or familiar circumstances reversed; topsy-turvy: a looking-glass world
Word Origin
sense 2 in allusion to Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass
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looking glass in Technology


A desktop manager for Unix from Visix.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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