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ground glass

Optics. glass that has had its polished surface removed by fine grinding and that is used to diffuse light.
glass that has been ground into fine particles, especially for use as an abrasive.
Origin of ground glass
1840-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He had the garden enclosed with a gigantic screen of ground-glass, extending for 200 feet on each side and 80 feet high.

    The Portland Peerage Romance Charles J. Archard
  • But there was no way of seeing them—through the ground-glass windows.

  • The days were short, and it was never very light in the cells with the ground-glass windows, the iron-bars and the wire-trellis.

    My Memoirs Marguerite Steinheil
  • Why do you have ground-glass windows on this side of the house?

    Cap'n Eri Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • There followed tense minutes as the panorama in that ground-glass narrowed and grew more intense.

  • He fumbled for his key, found it, and opened the ground-glass door.

    Pagan Passions Gordon Randall Garrett
  • I saw Carrie, through the panels of ground-glass (with stars), rushing upstairs.

    The Diary of a Nobody George Grossmith
  • At the rear is a ground-glass screen, B, to catch the image.

    How it Works Archibald Williams
  • The matt film serves exactly the same purpose as the ground-glass in the ordinary plate camera.

    Practical Cinematography and Its Applications Frederick Arthur Ambrose Talbot
  • My quick eye had noticed that opposite me was a door of ground-glass.

    The Place of Dragons William Le Queux
British Dictionary definitions for ground-glass

ground glass

glass that has a rough surface produced by grinding, used for diffusing light
glass in the form of fine particles produced by grinding, used as an abrasive
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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