verb (used with object)
Origin of glass
Definition for glass (2 of 3)
Definition for glass (3 of 3)
Examples from the Web for glass
Instead of decorating every face on the street, Google Glass hit a contrarian rip tide.You Were Wrong About Miley & Bitcoin: 2014’s Failed Predictions|Nina Strochlic|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
You meant to chase every glass of wine with a pitcher of H2O, but the holiday cheer somehow steered you off course.
The resulting product included four single-cask variants along with finished pictures of McKidd enjoying a glass of The Macallan.
In The Lodger an ominous character paced the floor, which Hitchcock constructed of glass.
He manages to talk one of them into a glass or two, but for the most part he remains sober.
Morewood came back, sat down, and poured out a glass of wine.Quisant|Anthony Hope
America at large flattens the 'a', and says 'glass of water.'Alonzo Fitz and Other Stories|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
A glass lantern slide is carefully cleaned and placed absolutely level.The Mechanism of Life|Stphane Leduc
Soon the crashing of glass was heard, as stones were hurled at the dwellings of known Catholics.Orange and Green|G. A. Henty
“Oh, pray take a glass with the young gentleman,” said Captain Bradshaw, with mock politeness.The King's Own|Captain Frederick Marryat
British Dictionary definitions for glass (1 of 2)
- 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
Word Origin for glass
British Dictionary definitions for glass (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for glass (1 of 2)
Old English glæs "glass, a glass vessel," from West Germanic *glasam (cf. Old Saxon glas, Middle Dutch and Dutch glas, German Glas, Old Norse gler "glass, looking glass," Danish glar), from PIE *ghel- "to shine, glitter" (cf. Latin glaber "smooth, bald," Old Church Slavonic gladuku, Lithuanian glodus "smooth"), with derivatives referring to colors and bright materials, a word that is the root of widespread words for gray, blue, green, and yellow (cf. Old English glær "amber," Latin glaesum "amber," Old Irish glass "green, blue, gray," Welsh glas "blue;" see Chloe). Sense of "drinking glass" is early 13c.
The glass slipper in "Cinderella" is perhaps an error by Charles Perrault, translating in 1697, mistaking Old French voir "ermine, fur" for verre "glass." In other versions of the tale it is a fur slipper. The proverb about people in glass houses throwing stones is attested by 1779, but earlier forms go back to 17c.:
Who hath glass-windows of his own must take heed how he throws stones at his house. ... He that hath a body made of glass must not throw stones at another. [John Ray, "Handbook of Proverbs," 1670]
Word Origin and History for glass (1 of 2)
late 14c., "to fit with glass;" 1570s, "to cover with glass," from glass (n.). Related: Glassed; glassing.
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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 glass
In addition to the idioms beginning with glass
- glass ceiling
- glass is half full, the
- people who live in glass houses