glass – Wiktionary


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From Center English glas, from Outdated English glæs, from Proto-Germanic *glasą, probably associated to Proto-Germanic *glōaną (to shine) (examine glow), and finally from the Proto-Indo-European root *ǵʰel- (to shine, shimmer, glow). Cognate with West Frisian glês, Dutch glas, Low German Glas, German Glas, Swedish glas, Icelandic gler.



a glass (consuming vessel) of milk

glass (countable and uncountable, plural glasses)

  1. (uncountable) An amorphous stable, typically clear substance made by melting sand with a combination of soda, potash and lime.

    The tabletop is fabricated from glass.

    A well-liked fable is that window glass is definitely an especially viscous liquid.

    • 2013 September-October, Henry Petroski, “The Evolution of Eyeglasses”, in American Scientist:

      The flexibility of a phase of a glass sphere to enlarge no matter is positioned earlier than it was recognized across the 12 months 1000, when the spherical phase was known as a studying stone, primarily what immediately we’d time period a frameless magnifying glass or plain glass paperweight.

  2. (countable) A vessel from which one drinks, particularly one fabricated from glass, plastic, or related translucent or semi-translucent materials.

    Fill my glass with milk, please.

  3. (metonymically) The amount of liquid contained in such a vessel.

    There’s half a glass of milk in every pound of chocolate we produce.

    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 2, in The Movie star:

      Right here was my likelihood. I took the outdated man apart, and two or three glasses of Outdated Crow launched him into memory.

    • At half-past 9 on this Saturday night, the parlour of the Salutation Inn, Excessive Holborn, contained most of its customary guests. [] In former days each tavern of reputation saved such a room for its personal choose circle, a membership, or society, of habitués, who met each night, for a pipe and a cheerful glass.
  4. (uncountable) Glassware.

    We collected artwork glass.

  5. A mirror.
    • 1599, Thomas Dekker, Outdated Fortunatus, Act III, Scene 1, J.M. Dent & Co., 1904, p. 67,[1]
      [] for what girl can abide to like a spruce silken-face courtier, that stands each morning two or three hours studying learn how to look by his glass, learn how to converse by his glass, learn how to sigh by his glass, learn how to courtroom his mistress by his glass? I would want him no different plague, however to have a mistress as brittle as glass.
    • 1907, Barbara Baynton, Sally Krimmer; Alan Lawson, editors, Human Toll (Moveable Australian Authors: Barbara Baynton), St Lucia: College of Queensland Press, revealed 1980, web page 216:

      As of outdated, he took down his transportable glass hanging on a nail, and thoroughly wiping it, changed it in its case.

    She adjusted her lipstick within the glass.

  6. A magnifying glass or telescope.
    • 1912, The Encyclopædia of Sport & Video games
      Haviers, or stags which have been gelded when younger, don’t have any horns, as is well-known, and within the early a part of the stalking season, when seen via a glass, may be mistaken for hummels []
  7. (sports activities) A barrier fabricated from stable, clear materials.
    1. (basketball, colloquial) The backboard.

      He caught the rebound off the glass.

    2. (ice hockey) The clear, protecting display surrounding a hockey rink.

      He fired the outlet go off the glass.

  8. A barometer.
    • 1938, Louis MacNeice, “Bagpipe Music”, in (Please present the ebook title or journal title):

      The glass is falling hour by hour, the glass will fall ceaselessly / However when you break the bloody glass you received’t maintain up the climate.

  9. (attributive, in names of species) Clear or translucent.

    glass frog;  glass shrimp;  glass worm

  10. (out of date) An hourglass.
    • c. 1610–1611, William Shakespeare, “The VVinters Story”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Revealed In line with the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, revealed 1623, OCLC 606515358, (please specify the act quantity in uppercase Roman numerals, and the scene quantity in lowercase Roman numerals):


      Had been my Wiues Liuer / Contaminated (as her life) ſhe wouldn’t liue / The operating of 1 Glaſſe.
  11. (uncountable, pictures, casual) Lenses, thought of collectively.

    Her new digital camera was incompatible together with her outdated one, so she wanted to purchase new glass.

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glass (third-person singular easy current glasses, current participle glassing, easy previous and previous participle glassed)

  1. (transitive) To suit with glass; to glaze.
  2. (transitive) To surround in glass.
    (Can we discover and add a citation of Shakespeare to this entry?)
  3. (transitive) Clipping of fibreglass.. To suit, cowl, fill, or construct, with fibreglass-reinforced resin composite (fiberglass).
  4. (transitive, Britain, colloquial) To strike (somebody), significantly within the face, with a consuming glass with the intent of inflicting damage.
    • 1987, John Godber, Bouncers web page 19:
      JUDD. Any bother final evening?
      LES. Normal. Couple of punks obtained glassed.
    • 2002, Geoff Doherty, A Promoter’s Story web page 72:
      I typically mused on what the politicians or authorities would say if they might see for themselves the horrendous penalties of somebody who’d been glassed, or viciously assaulted.
    • 2003, Mark Sturdy, Pulp web page 139:
      One evening he was on this nightclub in Sheffield and he obtained glassed by this bloke who’d been simply set free of jail that day.
  5. (science fiction) To bombard an space with such depth (nuclear bomb, fusion bomb, and so forth) as to soften the panorama into glass.
    • 2012, Halo: First Strike, web page 190:
      “The Covenant don’t ‘miss’ something after they glass a planet,” the Grasp Chief replied.
  6. To view via an optical instrument resembling binoculars.
    • 2000, Ben D. Mahaffey, 50 Years of Looking and Fishing, web page 95:

      Andy took his binoculars and glassed the realm beneath.

  7. (transitive) To clean or polish (leather-based, and so forth.), by rubbing it with a glass burnisher.
  8. (archaic, reflexive) To replicate; to reflect.
  9. (transitive) To make glassy.
    • 2018, Harry Leon Wilson, Ruggles of Purple Hole, →ISBN, web page 199:

      Not solely had been his eyes averted from mine, however they had been glassed to an uncanny diploma.

  10. (intransitive) To grow to be glassy.
    • 2012, Keith Duggan, Cliffs Of Madness: A Winter On Eire’s Huge Waves (web page 32)
      Bourez had timed it completely: a wind that was forecast for the morning started to stir simply after his arrival and the ocean glassed off for a quick interval earlier than the waves grew larger and greater.



Etymology 1[edit]

From Outdated Irish glas (blue-grey, inexperienced), from Proto-Celtic *glastos.



  1. inexperienced (of nature), verdant
    Ta’n londaig hannah jeeaghyn slane glass.The garden appears fairly inexperienced already.
    yn awin ghlassthe inexperienced river
  2. gray (of animal), ashen (color)
  3. mushy, pale, pasty
  4. uncooked, unfledged, sappy
  5. callow (of youth)
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Outdated Irish glas (lock, clasp)


glass m (genitive singular glish or gleish, plural glish or gleish)

  1. lock
    Hooar eh y glass er y dorrys roish.He discovered himself locked out.

    T’eh fo glass.He’s behind bars.

    Ta glass er my hengey.My lips are sealed.
    Ta glass y dorrys er y çheu sthie.The door locks on the within.
    Ta’n ogher shoh gentreil y glass.This key goes within the lock.
    Vrish advert y glass.They forced an entry.


glass (verbal noun glassey)

  1. lock up, safe


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  1. Different type of glas

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From Center Low German glas


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glass n (particular singular glasset, indefinite plural glass, particular plural glassa or glassene)

  1. glass (a tough and clear materials)
  2. a glass (container for drink fabricated from glass)
    et glass vin – a glass of wine
  3. a small container, resembling a jar or bottle

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Borrowed from French glace, from Outdated French glace, from Vulgar Latin *glacia, reformation (with change of declension) of Latin glacies, finally from Proto-Indo-European *gel- (chilly).



glass c

  1. an ice cream


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