Definition for eyeglasses (2 of 2)
verb (used with object)
Origin of glass
Related formsglass·less, adjectiveglass·like, adjectivenon·glass, adjectiveun·glassed, adjective
Examples from the Web for eyeglasses
This is a guy who has his son-in-law clean his eyeglasses, for crying out loud.
And that was three weeks after she got out of the hospital, and while wearing her eyeglasses with the supposed secret powers!
Cranes and derricks improved the human arm, ball bearings improved the hip joint, and eyeglasses improved the eye.American Dreams: ‘The Mosquito Coast’ by Paul Theroux|Nathaniel Rich|September 20, 2012|DAILY BEAST
They veiled themselves with wigs, baseball caps, eyeglasses, and the like; but still, a secret agent hates being caught on tape.
It is so much weaker than formerly that I have been obliged to get a pair of eyeglasses, which I am told are very becoming to me.The Life & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky|Modeste Tchaikovsky
Now I do ask in all seriousness, are eyeglasses in fiction really so incompatible with romance?
Moisture gathers on eyeglasses when the wearer comes from a cold room into a warm one.Common Science|Carleton W. Washburne
Mr. Thornbury threw down the paper, and emphatically dropped his eyeglasses.The Voyage Out|Virginia Woolf
But if eyeglasses are tabooed by novelists, what shall we say of spectacles?
British Dictionary definitions for eyeglasses (1 of 4)
British Dictionary definitions for eyeglasses (2 of 4)
British Dictionary definitions for eyeglasses (3 of 4)
- a hard brittle transparent or translucent noncrystalline solid, consisting of metal silicates or similar compounds. It is made from a fused mixture of oxides, such as lime, silicon dioxide, etc, and is used for making windows, mirrors, bottles, etc
- (as modifier)a glass bottle Related adjectives: vitreous, vitric
Derived Formsglassless, adjectiveglasslike, adjective
Word Origin for glass
British Dictionary definitions for eyeglasses (4 of 4)
Medicine definitions for eyeglasses (1 of 2)
Medicine definitions for eyeglasses (2 of 2)
Science definitions for eyeglasses
A Closer Look
Common sand and glass are both made primarily of silicon and oxygen, yet sand is opaque and glass is transparent. Glass owes its transparency partly to the fact that it is not a typical solid. On the molecular level, solids usually have a highly regular, three-dimensional crystalline structure; the regularities distributed throughout the solid act as mirrors that scatter incoming light. Glass, however, consists of molecules which, though relatively motionless like a typical solid, are not arranged in regular patterns and thus exhibit little scattering; light passes directly through. At a specific temperature, called the melting point, the intermolecular forces holding together the components of a typical solid can no longer maintain the regular structure, which then breaks down, and the material undergoes a phase transition from solid to liquid. The phase transition in glass, however, depends on how quickly the glass is heated (or how quickly it cools), due to its irregular solid structure.
Idioms and Phrases with eyeglasses
In addition to the idioms beginning with glass
- glass ceiling
- glass is half full, the
- people who live in glass houses