- of the nature of or resembling glass, as in transparency, brittleness, hardness, glossiness, etc.: vitreous china.
- of or relating to glass.
- obtained from or containing glass.
Origin of vitreous
1640–50; < Latin vitreus, equivalent to vitr(um) glass + -eus -eous
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Examples from the Web for vitreous
It crystallises in the 4th (rhombic) system, and its lustre is vitreous.
The ice was black and clear and vitreous on the forest pools.The Backwoodsmen
Charles G. D. Roberts
The vitreous body plays a part in the refraction of the light.Curiosities of Light and Sight
The sulphate is, in this case, charged with vitreous electricity.
His striated eyeballs had a vitreous look; they were as hard as marbles.When Egypt Went Broke
- of, relating to, or resembling glass
- made of, derived from, or containing glass
- of or relating to the vitreous humour or vitreous body
C17: from Latin vitreus made of glass, from vitrum glass; probably related to vidēre to see
Word Origin and History for vitreous
1640s, from Latin vitreus "of glass, glassy," from vitreum "glass," which perhaps was so called for its color (cf. vitrium "woad"). Vitreous humor attested from 1660s.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Of, relating to, resembling, or having the nature of glass; glassy.
- Of or relating to the vitreous body.
- The vitreous body.
- Relating to or resembling glass.
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