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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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  • It was a large room, with a groined roof like a church, and stained-glass windows at either side.

  • The eyebrows of the stained-glass man twitched; he twisted his moustache.

    The Island Pharisees John Galsworthy
  • The opinions of most civilians on the War were as agreeable as stained-glass windows.

    Waiting for Daylight Henry Major Tomlinson
  • His eyes sought the stained-glass window he had put in to the memory of his wife.

    Saint's Progress John Galsworthy
  • The evening light was subdued as it shone through the stained-glass windows.

    The Passion for Life Joseph Hocking
  • Could it be that they were about to repair the stained-glass panes?

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • When he came this morning for a sitting he looked more like a pale martyr in a stained-glass window than a flesh-and-blood man.

    Our Square and the People in It Samuel Hopkins Adams
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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