Definition of vitreous in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈvitrēəs/


1Like glass in appearance or physical properties.
Example sentences
  • Oneillite is vitreous, transparent to translucent, with a white streak.
  • The mineral is transparent to translucent and has a vitreous to pearly luster and white streak.
  • Most natural corundum is of industrial quality, but transparent to translucent varieties with their adamantine to vitreous luster potentially yield gemstones.
1.1(Of a substance) derived from or containing glass: the toilet and bidet are made of vitreous china
More example sentences
  • In its original sense enamel is glass or vitreous paste fused to a prepared surface, usually of metal, by means of intense heat.
  • There are different techniques of enamelling and one of them is when a vitreous coating is fused on to a metallic surface.
  • They started with eight-inch-square biscuit blanks made by Wedgwood or Minton, Hollins and Company and preferred vitreous paint applied with brushes, palette knives, or their fingers.



Example sentences
  • Taking advantage of differences in vitreousness of corn grain could provide advantages in the future.
  • Shriveled seed with normal coloration and vitreousness may be docked for poor test weight at the elevator.
  • The vitreousness of grain was inherited intermediately, and positive heterosis was often observed.


Late Middle English: from Latin vitreus (from vitrum 'glass') + -ous.

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Syllabification: vit·re·ous

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