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vitreous

Line breaks: vit|re¦ous
Pronunciation: /ˈvɪtrɪəs
 
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Definition of vitreous in English:

adjective

1Like glass in appearance or physical properties: a coarse-grained rock with much grey vitreous quartz
More 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: vitreous china
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  • 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.

Origin

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

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