verb (used with object)
Origin of glass
Related formsglass·less, adjectiveglass·like, adjectivenon·glass, adjectiveun·glassed, adjective
Definition for glasses (2 of 3)
Definition for glasses (3 of 3)
Examples from the Web for glasses
I get the bottle while he opens a desk drawer containing two glasses.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Wonderland posted videos taken with a hidden camera—in a cross necklace, or inside a watch or glasses—of him hitting on women.
He turned around, not sure what to make of the girl in the glasses and NYU hoodie calling him like she knew him.Mara Wilson Remembers Robin Williams: We're All His Goddamn Kids|Mara Wilson|August 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He did not wipe away the tears, but the long lenses of the television cameras showed him blinking them back behind his glasses.What Would Jesus Do in Gaza? The Tears of Pope Francis Point the Way|Christopher Dickey|July 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Behind glass doors it displayed an assortment of glasses, stacked tea cups; a small row of books; a bouquet of fake flowers.
The dinner went on through its courses, and by degrees the red wine flew from the glasses to the faces.Dorothy and other Italian Stories|Constance Fenimore Woolson
Celestine looked at the man behind his glasses, and understood the matter.Bureaucracy|Honore de Balzac
We will direct our glasses to her room, at a point of time about six weeks further on.
Henricksen tore his glasses from his eyes, and emerging from the tent, groped on the desk for the weapon he had left there.Under the Chinese Dragon|F. S. Brereton
The old boy beamed at me over his glasses as he vented a horrible chuckle; didn't seem to notice how painfully shocked I was.The Haunted Pajamas|Francis Perry Elliott
British Dictionary definitions for glasses (1 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for glasses (2 of 3)
- 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 glasses (3 of 3)
Medicine definitions for glasses
Science definitions for glasses
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 glasses (1 of 2)
see see through rose-colored glasses.
Idioms and Phrases with glasses (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with glass
- glass ceiling
- glass is half full, the
- people who live in glass houses