ground glass

  1. Optics. glass that has had its polished surface removed by fine grinding and that is used to diffuse light.
  2. glass that has been ground into fine particles, especially for use as an abrasive.

Origin of ground glass

First recorded in 1840–50 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for ground glass

Historical Examples of ground glass

  • Why do you have ground-glass windows on this side of the house?

    Cap'n Eri

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • He fumbled for his key, found it, and opened the ground-glass door.

    Pagan Passions

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • But there was no way of seeing them—through the ground-glass windows.

  • At the rear is a ground-glass screen, B, to catch the image.

    How it Works

    Archibald Williams

  • The curry is stuffed with rhubarb, and the ice with ground-glass.

British Dictionary definitions for ground glass

ground glass

  1. glass that has a rough surface produced by grinding, used for diffusing light
  2. glass in the form of fine particles produced by grinding, used as an abrasive
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