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  7  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Glass  \Glass\,  n.  [OE.  glas,  gles,  AS  gl[ae]s;  akin  to  D.,  G., 
  Dan.,  &  Sw  glas,  Icel.  glas,  gler,  Dan.  glar;  cf  AS 
  gl[ae]r  amber,  L.  glaesum  Cf  {Glare},  n.,  {Glaze},  v.  t.] 
  1.  A  hard,  brittle,  translucent,  and  commonly  transparent 
  substance,  white  or  colored,  having  a  conchoidal  fracture, 
  and  made  by  fusing  together  sand  or  silica  with  lime, 
  potash,  soda,  or  lead  oxide.  It  is  used  for  window  panes 
  and  mirrors,  for  articles  of  table  and  culinary  use  for 
  lenses,  and  various  articles  of  ornament. 
  Note:  Glass  is  variously  colored  by  the  metallic  oxides; 
  thus  manganese  colors  it  violet;  copper  (cuprous), 
  red,  or  (cupric)  green;  cobalt,  blue;  uranium, 
  yellowish  green  or  canary  yellow;  iron,  green  or  brown; 
  gold,  purple  or  red;  tin,  opaque  white;  chromium, 
  emerald  green;  antimony,  yellow. 
  2.  (Chem.)  Any  substance  having  a  peculiar  glassy  appearance, 
  and  a  conchoidal  fracture,  and  usually  produced  by  fusion. 
  3.  Anything  made  of  glass.  Especially: 
  a  A  looking-glass;  a  mirror. 
  b  A  vessel  filled  with  running  sand  for  measuring  time; 
  an  hourglass;  and  hence  the  time  in  which  such  a 
  vessel  is  exhausted  of  its  sand. 
  She  would  not  live  The  running  of  one  glass. 
  c  A  drinking  vessel;  a  tumbler;  a  goblet;  hence  the 
  contents  of  such  a  vessel;  especially;  spirituous 
  liquors;  as  he  took  a  glass  at  dinner. 
  d  An  optical  glass;  a  lens;  a  spyglass;  --  in  the 
  plural,  spectacles;  as  a  pair  of  glasses;  he  wears 
  e  A  weatherglass;  a  barometer. 
  Note:  Glass  is  much  used  adjectively  or  in  combination;  as 
  glass  maker,  or  glassmaker;  glass  making  or 
  glassmaking;  glass  blower  or  glassblower,  etc 
  {Bohemian  glass},  {Cut  glass},  etc  See  under  {Bohemian}, 
  {Cut},  etc 
  {Crown  glass},  a  variety  of  glass,  used  for  making  the  finest 
  plate  or  window  glass,  and  consisting  essentially  of 
  silicate  of  soda  or  potash  and  lime,  with  no  admixture  of 
  lead;  the  convex  half  of  an  achromatic  lens  is  composed  of 
  crown  glass;  --  so  called  from  a  crownlike  shape  given  it 
  in  the  process  of  blowing. 
  {Crystal  glass},  or  {Flint  glass}.  See  {Flint  glass},  in  the 
  {Cylinder  glass},  sheet  glass  made  by  blowing  the  glass  in 
  the  form  of  a  cylinder  which  is  then  split  longitudinally, 
  opened  out  and  flattened. 
  {Glass  of  antimony},  a  vitreous  oxide  of  antimony  mixed  with 
  {Glass  blower},  one  whose  occupation  is  to  blow  and  fashion 
  {Glass  blowing},  the  art  of  shaping  glass,  when  reduced  by 
  heat  to  a  viscid  state,  by  inflating  it  through  a  tube. 
  {Glass  cloth},  a  woven  fabric  formed  of  glass  fibers. 
  {Glass  coach},  a  coach  superior  to  a  hackney-coach,  hired  for 
  the  day  or  any  short  period,  as  a  private  carriage;  --  so 
  called  because  originally  private  carriages  alone  had 
  glass  windows.  [Eng.]  --Smart. 
  Glass  coaches  are  [allowed  in  English  parks  from 
  which  ordinary  hacks  are  excluded],  meaning  by  this 
  term,  which  is  never  used  in  America,  hired 
  carriages  that  do  not  go  on  stands.  --J.  F. 
  {Glass  cutter}. 
  a  One  who  cuts  sheets  of  glass  into  sizes  for  window 
  panes,  ets. 
  b  One  who  shapes  the  surface  of  glass  by  grinding  and 
  c  A  tool,  usually  with  a  diamond  at  the  point,  for 
  cutting  glass. 
  {Glass  cutting}. 
  a  The  act  or  process  of  dividing  glass,  as  sheets  of 
  glass  into  panes  with  a  diamond. 
  b  The  act  or  process  of  shaping  the  surface  of  glass  by 
  appylying  it  to  revolving  wheels,  upon  which  sand, 
  emery,  and  afterwards,  polishing  powder,  are  applied; 
  especially  of  glass  which  is  shaped  into  facets,  tooth 
  ornaments,  and  the  like  Glass  having  ornamental 
  scrolls,  etc.,  cut  upon  it  is  said  to  be  engraved. 
  {Glass  metal},  the  fused  material  for  making  glass. 
  {Glass  painting},  the  art  or  process  of  producing  decorative 
  effects  in  glass  by  painting  it  with  enamel  colors  and 
  combining  the  pieces  together  with  slender  sash  bars  of 
  lead  or  other  metal.  In  common  parlance,  glass  painting 
  and  glass  staining  (see  {Glass  staining},  below)  are  used 
  indifferently  for  all  colored  decorative  work  in  windows, 
  and  the  like 
  {Glass  paper},  paper  faced  with  pulvirezed  glass,  and  used 
  for  abrasive  purposes. 
  {Glass  silk},  fine  threads  of  glass,  wound,  when  in  fusion, 
  on  rapidly  rotating  heated  cylinders. 
  {Glass  silvering},  the  process  of  transforming  plate  glass 
  into  mirrors  by  coating  it  with  a  reflecting  surface,  a 
  deposit  of  silver,  or  a  mercury  amalgam. 
  {Glass  soap},  or  {Glassmaker's  soap},  the  black  oxide  of 
  manganese  or  other  substances  used  by  glass  makers  to  take 
  away  color  from  the  materials  for  glass. 
  {Glass  staining},  the  art  or  practice  of  coloring  glass  in 
  its  whole  substance,  or  in  the  case  of  certain  colors,  in 
  a  superficial  film  only;  also  decorative  work  in  glass. 
  Cf  Glass  painting. 
  {Glass  tears}.  See  {Rupert's  drop}. 
  {Glass  works},  an  establishment  where  glass  is  made 
  {Heavy  glass},  a  heavy  optical  glass,  consisting  essentially 
  of  a  borosilicate  of  potash. 
  {Millefiore  glass}.  See  {Millefiore}. 
  {Plate  glass},  a  fine  kind  of  glass,  cast  in  thick  plates, 
  and  flattened  by  heavy  rollers,  --  used  for  mirrors  and 
  the  best  windows. 
  {Pressed  glass},  glass  articles  formed  in  molds  by  pressure 
  when  hot. 
  {Soluble  glass}  (Chem.),  a  silicate  of  sodium  or  potassium, 
  found  in  commerce  as  a  white,  glassy  mass,  a  stony  powder, 
  or  dissolved  as  a  viscous,  sirupy  liquid;  --  used  for 
  rendering  fabrics  incombustible,  for  hardening  artificial 
  stone,  etc.;  --  called  also  {water  glass}. 
  {Spun  glass},  glass  drawn  into  a  thread  while  liquid. 
  {Toughened  glass},  {Tempered  glass},  glass  finely  tempered  or 
  annealed,  by  a  peculiar  method  of  sudden  cooling  by 
  plunging  while  hot  into  oil,  melted  wax,  or  paraffine, 
  etc.;  --  called  also  from  the  name  of  the  inventor  of  the 
  process,  {Bastie  glass}. 
  {Water  glass}.  (Chem.)  See  {Soluble  glass},  above. 
  {Window  glass},  glass  in  panes  suitable  for  windows. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Glass  \Glass\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Glassed};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  1.  To  reflect,  as  in  a  mirror;  to  mirror;  --  used 
  Happy  to  glass  themselves  in  such  a  mirror. 
  Where  the  Almighty's  form  glasses  itself  in 
  tempests.  --Byron. 
  2.  To  case  in  glass.  [R.]  --Shak. 
  3.  To  cover  or  furnish  with  glass;  to  glaze.  --Boyle. 
  4.  To  smooth  or  polish  anything  as  leater,  by  rubbing  it 
  with  a  glass  burnisher. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  a  brittle  transparent  solid  with  irregular  atomic  structure 
  2:  a  glass  container  for  holding  liquids  while  drinking  [syn:  {drinking 
  3:  the  quantity  a  glass  will  hold  [syn:  {glassful}] 
  4:  a  small  refracting  telescope  [syn:  {field  glass},  {spyglass}] 
  5:  a  mirror;  usually  a  ladies'  dressing  mirror  [syn:  {looking 
  6:  glassware  collectively;  "She  collected  old  glass" 
  v  1:  furnish  with  glass,  as  of  a  window  [syn:  {glaze}] 
  2:  scan  with  binoculars,  as  for  game  in  the  forest 
  3:  enclose  with  glass;  "glass  in  a  porch"  [syn:  {glass  in}] 
  4:  put  in  a  glass  container 
  5:  become  glassy;  of  eyes;  "Her  eyes  glaze  over  when  she  is 
  bored"  [syn:  {glaze},  {glass  over},  {glaze  over}] 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
  glass  n.  [IBM]  Synonym  for  {silicon}. 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
  General  LAnguage  for  System  Semantics. 
  An  {Esprit}  project  at  the  {University  of  Nijmegen}. 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
  (IBM)  {silicon}. 
  [{Jargon  File}] 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
  was  known  to  the  Egyptians  at  a  very  early  period  of  their 
  national  history,  at  least  B.C.  1500.  Various  articles  both 
  useful  and  ornamental  were  made  of  it  as  bottles,  vases,  etc  A 
  glass  bottle  with  the  name  of  Sargon  on  it  was  found  among  the 
  ruins  of  the  north-west  palace  of  Nimroud.  The  Hebrew  word 
  _zekukith_  (Job  28:17),  rendered  in  the  Authorized  Version 
  "crystal,"  is  rightly  rendered  in  the  Revised  Version  "glass." 
  This  is  the  only  allusion  to  glass  found  in  the  Old  Testament. 
  It  is  referred  to  in  the  New  Testament  in  Rev.  4:6;  15:2;  21:18, 
  21.  In  Job  37:18,  the  word  rendered  "looking-glass"  is  in  the 
  Revised  Version  properly  rendered  "mirror,"  formed,  i.e.,  of 
  some  metal.  (Comp.  Ex  38:8:  "looking-glasses"  are  brazen 
  mirrors,  R.V.).  A  mirror  is  referred  to  also  in  James  1:23. 

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