Meaning of GLASS in English

GLASS

/ glɑːs; NAmE glæs/ noun , verb

■ noun

TRANSPARENT SUBSTANCE

1.

[ U ] a hard, usually transparent, substance used, for example, for making windows and bottles :

a sheet / pane of glass

frosted / toughened glass

a glass bottle / dish / roof

I cut myself on a piece of broken glass .

The vegetables are grown under glass (= in a greenhouse ) .

—see also cut glass , plate glass , stained glass , glazier

FOR DRINKING

2.

[ C ] (often in compounds) a container made of glass, used for drinking out of :

a sherry glass

a wine glass

3.

[ C ] the contents of a glass :

a glass of sherry / wine / water, etc.

He drank three whole glasses.

GLASS OBJECTS

4.

[ U ] objects made of glass :

We keep all our glass and china in this cupboard.

She has a fine collection of Bohemian glass.

ON WATCH / PICTURE

5.

[ sing. ] a protecting cover made of glass on a watch, picture or photograph frame, fire alarm , etc. :

In case of emergency, break the glass and press the button.

FOR EYES

6.

glasses ( NAmE also eye·glasses ) (also old-fashioned or formal spec·tacles , informal specs especially in BrE ) [ pl. ] two lenses in a frame that rests on the nose and ears. People wear glasses in order to be able to see better or to protect their eyes from bright light :

a pair of glasses

dark glasses

I wear glasses for driving.

—see also field glasses , magnifying glass , sunglasses

MIRROR

7.

[ C , usually sing. ] ( old-fashioned ) a mirror

—see also looking glass

BAROMETER

8.

the glass [ sing. ] a barometer

IDIOMS

see people noun , raise verb

■ verb

[ vn ] ( BrE , informal ) to hit sb in the face with a glass

PHRASAL VERBS

- glass sth in / over

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WORD ORIGIN

Old English glæs , of Germanic origin; related to Dutch glas and German Glas .

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