Definition of glassy in US English:



  • 1Of or resembling glass.

    ‘glassy skyscrapers’
    1. 1.1 Having the physical properties of glass; vitreous.
      ‘glassy lavas’
      • ‘Volcanoes of the western Hungarian volcanic field also consistently comprise basal glassy pyroclastic units overlain by lavas that cap buttes.’
      • ‘The very crust of the planet had been fused into one massive, glassy solid.’
      • ‘The mineral crystallizes in the monoclinic system and commonly forms glassy complex crystals of varied habit.’
      • ‘The cerussite crystals are bright and glassy and range from colorless to pale gray.’
      • ‘Flint looks glassy and impervious, but in fact is quite porous.’
      • ‘The crystals have sharp trapezohedral faces; they have a glassy luster and are quite transparent when unweathered.’
      • ‘Rarely, small nodules are found that have a ‘sugary’ texture, which is composed of compact masses of minute glassy crystals.’
      • ‘The smooth glassy surface has no crevices for dirt and spills to hide, but it has to be kept clean to avoid soil burning on and staining, as stains show up visibly.’
      • ‘By 6:00 p.m. the storm was gusting fiercely, pushing our sledges around like toys on the glassy ice, even when we were not traveling.’
      • ‘As an added bonus, the lava would simultaneously pave roads and sidewalks when it hardens into a glassy smooth surface of igneous rock.’
      • ‘Whatever cataclysmic collision forged the glassy rocks occurred about half a million years ago.’
      • ‘Volcanoes form glassy rocks such as obsidian, and in recently formed volcanic rocks scientists have found tunnels that seem to have been created by hungry microbes.’
      • ‘Using abrasives, such as steel wool or abrasive powders tends to permanently scratch the smooth glassy surface, and make it harder to clean thereafter.’
      • ‘Several samples were collected, most of which desiccated and crumbled to powder within a day or so, but one sample retained its glassy, bright blue character for more than a year.’
      • ‘Hanging from the tall ceiling were millions of thick, glassy stalagmites, all perfectly sharp, their thin points glinting above the large icy pool which stretched across the room.’
      • ‘The outer selvages are glassy and the interior tends to be vesicular under low-water pressures.’
      • ‘Most of the large crystals have glassy terminations formed by an overgrowth of a thin layer of clear quartz.’
      • ‘Barley sugar (which formerly contained barley, but now does not) is simply sugar which has been slightly caramelized and then abruptly cooled to solidify it to a glassy state.’
      • ‘It seemed to be made of Obsidian, and its glassy back surface shined like a shadowy mirror.’
      • ‘Black, glassy metamict material from each of these locations has historically been referred to as samarskite.’
    2. 1.2 (of water) having a smooth surface.
      • ‘The clear sky was a startling pink colour, and, as there was not a breath of wind, the glassy surface of the water shone with the same beautiful hue.’
      • ‘The vision inside the mirror waved like a reflection in the water distorted by a ripple in the glassy surface.’
      • ‘Her fingers grazed the glassy surface of the water, causing ripples to from her touch.’
      • ‘Rafts of puffins and guillemots bobbed on the glassy surface of the water, and I decided to stay here until we passed the bows of the Inverlane.’
      • ‘The winter offers still glassy waters with pink morning skies reflected on their surface.’
      • ‘To the uninitiated, Orkney's Scapa Flow harbour is one square mile of untroubled, glassy water.’
      • ‘Stunning view out the window now, glassy harbour, sunshine, no wind.’
      • ‘The ship was floating on a glassy surface of ocean.’
      • ‘It gives me a pointed blink then bends its long, slender neck down and laps up some water with a snaking, scarlet tongue, making delicate ripples in the glassy water.’
      • ‘And the ducks, and the car ferry cutting a swathe in the glassy surface: so it is a lake after all.’
      • ‘The artist was not very interested in the water in the canals of Venice so he usually showed it with evenly painted ripples on an otherwise glassy surface.’
      • ‘The sea was its usual calm blue, a glassy liquid surface stretching till it fused with the horizon in a spectacle of colour.’
      • ‘On your left is the glassy surface of an enormous lake, the sky a deep shade of blue that you thought existed only in crayon boxes.’
      • ‘Marion poked at the water, making ripples on its glassy surface, but nothing happened.’
      • ‘Suddenly, instead of skimming the glassy surface, you could be struggling with the deep, dark world of potential disaster.’
      • ‘They had passed over a lake with water so pure and clear that she could see giant lobster creatures fighting and biting on the lakebed, hundreds of feet below the glassy surface.’
      • ‘I gathered up all of my courage and peered into the glassy water.’
      • ‘Day after day passed - no wind - intense heat - glassy waters.’
      • ‘The sun set behind the ridge leaving a spectrum of deepening light to settle around us in the cool air among the tumbling sound of the glassy water.’
      • ‘Amy approached the glassy water, rippling with the waterfall's motion.’
      smooth, mirror-like, glass-like, gleaming, shining, shiny, sheeny, glossy, polished
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    3. 1.3 (of sound) resembling the sharp or ringing noise made when glass is struck.
      ‘a glassy clink’
      • ‘It's not a major drawback since the notes generally come through clearly and realistically, but in louder passages the upper register has a bit of a metallic or glassy sound.’
      • ‘Sonics are excellent, although higher notes occasionally have a glassy sound.’
      • ‘My only complaint is that the upper register of the piano sounds unfortunately glassy.’
  • 2(of a person's eyes or expression) showing no interest or animation; dull and glazed.

    • ‘Her face is flushed, her eyes are glassy sometimes.’
    • ‘In their tiny glassy eyes I can see mankind's downfall.’
    • ‘Slowly, he raised his waxy head and fixed me with his glassy eyes.’
    • ‘His glassy eyes stared at the ceiling in a permanent expression of horror.’
    • ‘His little cheeks are flushed red and his eyes are glassy.’
    • ‘Tears rolled down from Margreet's glassy eyes.’
    • ‘You could see in everyone's glassy eyes, that people were genuinely having fun, opening up and talking to complete strangers.’
    • ‘Beside the bundle, a man stood with glassy eyes.’
    • ‘Witness said he got a strong smell of drink from the driver, whose speech was slurred and whose eyes were glassy.’
    • ‘He glanced up at her; his glassy eyes registered no emotion.’
    • ‘Alissa stared at her with a blank glassy expression.’
    • ‘I almost started to question his shoe color preference when I realized his eyes were glassy, his face was flushed, and he seemed distracted.’
    • ‘His body was limp in her arms and his eyes were glassy and lifeless.’
    • ‘His bright green eyes were glassy, and bore a worried expression.’
    • ‘With skin the colour of milky tea and glassy eyes that betray his misery, there's never any pretence towards polished musicianship.’
    • ‘I see beyond the glassy eyes and into the person trapped inside, desperate, scared, holding on to what little is left, knowing there will be less tomorrow.’
    • ‘He had stopped crying, but his eyes were glassy.’
    • ‘I guessed the people featured weren't Bolivian - their flawless features seemed strangely misplaced next to those of the people who went about their lives beneath their glassy eyes.’
    • ‘The latter of which resonated from Stephanie; in glassy eyes she stood repressing the emotion.’
    • ‘An undefined emotion passed across Wind's glassy eyes before fading back into the depths of his light brown pools.’
    expressionless, glazed, blank, empty, vacant, fixed, unmoving, motionless, emotionless, fishy, impassive, lifeless, wooden, dull, vacuous
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