water glass


water glass
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.
Also, waterglass.
[1600-10]

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also called  Sodium Silicate, or Soluble Glass,  

      crystal-like lumps that range from colourless to white or grayish white and resemble glass but can be dissolved in water to form a syrupy liquid. Some forms are slightly soluble, and some are almost insoluble; they are best dissolved by heating with water under pressure. A little water dissolves water glass more readily than much water does. The solutions are strongly alkaline. The chemical formulas Na2SiO3, Na6Si2O7, and Na2Si3O7 describe the composition of various forms of water glass.

      Water glass is used as a bonding agent in manufacturing grindstones and abrasive wheels. It is a cement for glass or porcelain and is used in various industrial and certain printing processes. It was formerly used as a household preservative for eggs.

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Universalium. 2010.

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  • Water glass — Glass Glass (gl[.a]s), n. [OE. glas, gles, AS. gl[ae]s; akin to D., G., Dan., & Sw. glas, Icel. glas, gler, Dan. glar; cf. AS. gl[ae]r amber, L. glaesum. Cf. {Glare}, n., {Glaze}, v. t.] [1913 Webster] 1. A hard, brittle, translucent, and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • water glass — Glass Glass (gl[.a]s), n. [OE. glas, gles, AS. gl[ae]s; akin to D., G., Dan., & Sw. glas, Icel. glas, gler, Dan. glar; cf. AS. gl[ae]r amber, L. glaesum. Cf. {Glare}, n., {Glaze}, v. t.] [1913 Webster] 1. A hard, brittle, translucent, and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • water glass — 1. a) a drinking glass or goblet b) a glass container for water, etc. 2. WATER GAUGE (sense 2) 3. a glass bottomed tube or box for looking at things under water 4. sodium silicate or, sometimes, potassium silicate, occurring as a stony powder,… …   English World dictionary

  • Water glass — Wa ter glass 1. (Chem.) See {Soluble glass}, under {Glass}. [1913 Webster] 2. A clepsydra. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] 3. An instrument consisting of an open box or tube with a glass bottom, used for examining objects in the water, as upon the sea… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • water glass — skystasis stiklas statusas T sritis chemija apibrėžtis Tirpiojo stiklo vandeninis tirpalas. atitikmenys: angl. liquid glass; water glass rus. жидкое стекло …   Chemijos terminų aiškinamasis žodynas

  • water glass — skystasis stiklas statusas T sritis fizika atitikmenys: angl. water glass vok. Wasserglas, n rus. жидкое стекло, n pranc. verre soluble, m …   Fizikos terminų žodynas

  • water glass — noun 1. a glass for drinking water • Hypernyms: ↑glass, ↑drinking glass 2. gauge for indicating the level of water in e.g. a tank or boiler or reservoir • Syn: ↑water gauge, ↑water gage • Hypernyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • water glass — wa′ter glass or wa′ter•glass n. 1) a drinking glass; tumbler 2) a glass container for holding water, as for growing bulbs, plants, or the like 3) opt a device, as a tube or a box with a glass bottom, for observing objects beneath the surface of… …   From formal English to slang

  • water glass — noun Date: 1612 1. a glass vessel (as a drinking glass) for holding water 2. an instrument consisting of an open box or tube with a glass bottom used for examining objects in or under water 3. a substance that consists usually of the silicate of… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • water glass — noun A common name for some water soluble silicate compounds, especially when occurring in dissolved, jelly like form. Syn: liquid glass, sodium silicate, soluble glass …   Wiktionary


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