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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • A boy handy with tools can make a frame, and with plate glass and proper cement construct a large tank.

    Boy Scouts Handbook Boy Scouts of America
  • Back again to the thing you did, the plate glass with the violet loops?

    Monday or Tuesday Virginia Woolf
  • The surface of the pool was represented by a sheet of plate glass, a quarter of an inch thick.

  • When you have the front to push through the plate glass, you see me first.

    Torchy Sewell Ford
  • The plate glass is sometimes so clear that even a grown man might for a moment be deceived and stretch out his hand.

    The Master's Indwelling Andrew Murray
  • They would no more put in a plate glass window than they would forge a note.

    Nasby in Exile David R. Locke
  • And what now is this invisible pane of plate glass, that hinders my taking the beautiful things I see?

    The Master's Indwelling Andrew Murray
  • Frisonnette's demeanour, behind the plate glass, was propriety itself.

    To Tell You the Truth Leonard Merrick
  • "I felt morally certain of it," said mamma, calmly, peering through the plate glass of the door.

    V. V.'s Eyes Henry Sydnor Harrison
  • A tank at an aquarium, when you look through the plate glass?

British Dictionary definitions for plate glass

plate glass

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