plate glass



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
Related formsplate-glass, plate·glass, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for plate glass

Historical Examples of plate glass

  • They don't do much business in the way of plate-glass at Lame Gulch.

    Peak and Prairie

    Anna Fuller

  • A cab had crossed a sidewalk and crashed into a plate-glass window.

    The Ambulance Made Two Trips

    William Fitzgerald Jenkins

  • I sat on one side a plate-glass window, and he on the other.

  • At the bank Crittenton Madeira was standing at the plate-glass window.

  • There were no wide fronts or plate-glass windows in those days.

    The Pirate City

    R.M. Ballantyne

British Dictionary definitions for plate glass

plate glass


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