Middle English Dictionary Entry

glas n.
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Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

(a) Glass as substance, material, or a manufactured commodity; bright (brotel, clene, cler, grei, pur, slider) as ~, etc.; also, glemen (shinen) as ~; (b) a piece or splinter of glass.
An article made of glass: (a) a glass vessel or container; a glass drinking-vessel; also, collect., vessels of glass, glassware; also, a container made of ivory [quot.Paston]; (b) an hourglass; also, the time taken for sand to run through an hourglass; (c) a glass mirror, looking glass; (d) a pane of glass.
Powdered or calcined glass used in alchemical or medicinal preparations; brent ~, poudre of ~.
A crystalline substance resembling glass; alum (de) ~, ~ alum, potash alum; ?also, alunite.
Combs.: (a) ~ fat [OE glæsfæt], a glass vessel; ~ hous, the building or works where glass is made; ~ window, a window of glass, windowpane; (b) ~ man, a dealer in glassware; ~ werker, ~ wright, one who makes or works with glass; also as surnames.

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  • a1500 Sln.122 Artist.Recipes (Sln 122) 116/12 : Honge the vyole ouer þe fyer..þe mountaunce of 2 howres, tyl þu se no breeth come oute of þe glasse.
  • Note: Need date for 2.(a).

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Note: Med., etc., see further J.Norri, Dictionary of Medical Vocabulary, s.v. glass.