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stained glass

glass that has been colored, enameled, painted, or stained, especially by having pigments baked onto its surface or by having various metallic oxides fused into it, as used in church windows, decorative lampshades, etc.
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stained-glass, adjective Unabridged
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  • The porch and windows are Flamboyant, and a little of the stained glass is good.

    The Argosy Various
  • Paintings and stained glass often represented similar objects.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • Cousin was a versatile craftsman, and some stained glass by him still exists at S. Gervais and in the chapel at Vincennes.

    The Story of Paris Thomas Okey
  • The worker in stained glass dyes or paints with the same oxides.

  • The windows had each a pane of stained glass, and on the wide sills we used to put our immense bouquets of field-flowers.

  • Under Cranmer the stained glass was dashed from its windows.

  • The hall was dark and small, the only light admitted to it being from mullioned windows of stained glass.

    The Shadow of Ashlydyat Mrs. Henry Wood
  • Above the altar and at either side of it were stained glass windows.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • The most important examples of stained glass date from just after the death of William of Wykeham .

    Stained Glass Tours in England Charles Hitchcock Sherrill
British Dictionary definitions for stained glass

stained glass

  1. glass that has been coloured in any of various ways, as by fusing with a film of metallic oxide or burning pigment into the surface, used esp for church windows
  2. (as modifier): a stained-glass window
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