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water glass

or waterglass

noun
1.
a drinking glass; tumbler.
2.
a glass container for holding water, as for growing bulbs, plants, or the like.
3.
a glass tube used to indicate water level, as in a boiler.
4.
a device for observing objects beneath the surface of the water, consisting essentially of an open tube or box with a glass bottom.
Origin of water glass
1600-1610
1600-10
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Examples from the Web for water glass
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  • One gallon of water glass as purchased will make enough preservative to preserve from 75 to 100 dozen eggs.

    Every Step in Canning Grace Viall Gray
  • And then he spoke to us, touching the bread and the potato and the water glass.

    Those Times And These Irvin S. Cobb
  • The water glass and limewater will keep eggs without loss for a year.

    Every Step in Canning Grace Viall Gray
  • To make a china cement, lime or water glass should be substituted for the borax.

  • He tipped the waiter who came to fill his water glass, and told him to wake up and show some speed.

    The Lookout Man B. M. Bower
  • One quart of water glass will make sufficient solution to cover about 12 dozen eggs.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 2 Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
  • Eggs preserved in water glass can be used for soft boiling or poaching up to November.

    Every Step in Canning Grace Viall Gray
  • His friend looked nervous, like he was wondering what might have been swimming in his water glass.

    Makers Cory Doctorow
  • Use one gallon of water and one quart of water glass and stir until thoroughly mixed.

  • In the operations by which it is accomplished it will be seen that the soluble silicates (water glass) play an important part.

British Dictionary definitions for water glass

water glass

noun
1.
a viscous syrupy solution of sodium silicate in water: used as a protective coating for cement and a preservative, esp for eggs
2.
another name for water clock, water gauge
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water glass in Medicine

water glass n.
See soluble glass.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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