plate glass

  1. a soda-lime-silica glass formed by rolling the hot glass into a plate that is subsequently ground and polished, used in large windows, mirrors, etc.

Origin of plate glass

First recorded in 1720–30

Other words from plate glass

  • plate-glass, plateglass, adjective

Words Nearby plate glass Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use plate glass in a sentence

  • At the lower or west end of the room the wall had been removed and replaced by a single immense pane of plate glass.

    Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
  • Even the shops that were closed offered, through wide expanses of plate-glass, hints of hidden riches.

    Summer | Edith Wharton
  • I have taken care to keep them under lock and key, behind plate glass, for more than fifty years.

    The Medici Boots | Pearl Norton Swet
  • Yes, there they sit; and others, perhaps, besides Fitz have cast a sheep's-eye through those enormous plate-glass windowpanes.

    A Little Dinner at Timmins's | William Makepeace Thackeray
  • That stuff must be a hundred times more transparent than the finest plate glass!

British Dictionary definitions for plate glass

plate glass

  1. glass formed into a thin sheet by rolling, used for windows

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