water glass

or wa·ter·glass



a drinking glass; tumbler.
a glass container for holding water, as for growing bulbs, plants, or the like.
a glass tube used to indicate water level, as in a boiler.
a device for observing objects beneath the surface of the water, consisting essentially of an open tube or box with a glass bottom.

Origin of water glass

First recorded in 1600–10
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Examples from the Web for water glass

Historical Examples of water glass

  • Then you've got your water-glass—a tall box with a glass bottom.

  • He had been watching me through the water-glass, and saw what had scared me.

    A Jolly Fellowship

    Frank R. Stockton

  • He struck his water-glass with a knife, and their waitress, who was near by, looked around.

    A Woman's Will

    Anne Warner

  • But I must explain about the water-glass, an article with which all fishermen of the Bermudas are familiar.

  • Through the water-glass we made out the framework of the big trap on the bottom.

British Dictionary definitions for water glass

water glass


a viscous syrupy solution of sodium silicate in water: used as a protective coating for cement and a preservative, esp for eggs
another name for water clock, water gauge
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water glass in Medicine

water glass


soluble glass
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