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plate glass

a soda-lime-silica glass formed by rolling the hot glass into a plate that is subsequently ground and polished, used in large windows, mirrors, etc.
Origin of plate glass
First recorded in 1720-30
Related forms
plate-glass, plateglass, adjective Unabridged
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  • Back again to the thing you did, the plate glass with the violet loops?

    Monday or Tuesday Virginia Woolf
  • Dawes cupped his hands over the plate glass and peered inside.

    Dream Town Henry Slesar
  • Do you mean to say they have to go through all that with every sheet of plate glass?

    The Story of Glass Sara Ware Bassett
  • When you have the front to push through the plate glass, you see me first.

    Torchy Sewell Ford
  • "It'll cost him nearly that to set another pane of plate glass," I suggests.

    Torchy As A Pa Sewell Ford
  • The exterior windows of the lantern were diamond shaped and of plate glass.

    Some Naval Yarns Mordaunt Hall
  • They would no more put in a plate glass window than they would forge a note.

    Nasby in Exile David R. Locke
  • Frisonnette's demeanour, behind the plate glass, was propriety itself.

    To Tell You the Truth Leonard Merrick
  • A tank at an aquarium, when you look through the plate glass?

  • Begob, ye'd think it was plate glass ye're liftin', ye're so tinder about it!

    The Doctor Ralph Connor
British Dictionary definitions for plate glass

plate glass

glass formed into a thin sheet by rolling, used for windows
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