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looking glass

a mirror made of glass with a metallic or amalgam backing.
the glass used in a mirror.
anything used as a mirror, as highly polished metal or a reflecting surface.
Origin of looking glass
First recorded in 1520-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • A thing of my own invention,' to quote the knight in 'Through the looking glass.'

    We Two Edna Lyall
  • The Indians were utterly defeated and looking glass was killed.

    The Yellowstone National Park Hiram Martin Chittenden
  • Only the wonder-filled child can go through the looking glass and—stay.

    The Mating of the Moons Kenneth O'Hara
  • But this is far afield from his story of the first looking glass.

    Just Irish Charles Battell Loomis
  • The first picture he painted from nature, by means of a looking glass.

British Dictionary definitions for looking glass

looking glass

a mirror, esp a ladies' dressing mirror
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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