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water glass

or waterglass

a drinking glass; tumbler.
a glass container for holding water, as for growing bulbs, plants, or the like.
a glass tube used to indicate water level, as in a boiler.
a device for observing objects beneath the surface of the water, consisting essentially of an open tube or box with a glass bottom.
Origin of water glass
First recorded in 1600-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for water glass
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  • One gallon of water glass as purchased will make enough preservative to preserve from 75 to 100 dozen eggs.

    Every Step in Canning Grace Viall Gray
  • And then he spoke to us, touching the bread and the potato and the water glass.

    Those Times And These Irvin S. Cobb
  • The water glass and limewater will keep eggs without loss for a year.

    Every Step in Canning Grace Viall Gray
  • To make a china cement, lime or water glass should be substituted for the borax.

  • He tipped the waiter who came to fill his water glass, and told him to wake up and show some speed.

    The Lookout Man B. M. Bower
  • One quart of water glass will make sufficient solution to cover about 12 dozen eggs.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 2 Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
  • Eggs preserved in water glass can be used for soft boiling or poaching up to November.

    Every Step in Canning Grace Viall Gray
  • In the operations by which it is accomplished it will be seen that the soluble silicates (water glass) play an important part.

  • Use one gallon of water and one quart of water glass and stir until thoroughly mixed.

  • After laying on these colours may be permanently fixed by covering them with water glass.

British Dictionary definitions for water glass

water glass

a viscous syrupy solution of sodium silicate in water: used as a protective coating for cement and a preservative, esp for eggs
another name for water clock, water gauge
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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water glass in Medicine

water glass n.
See soluble glass.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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