Definition of glassy in English:



  • 1Of or resembling glass in some way, in particular.

    1. 1.1Having the physical properties of glass; vitreous.
      ‘glassy lavas’
      • ‘Most of the large crystals have glassy terminations formed by an overgrowth of a thin layer of clear quartz.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The mineral crystallizes in the monoclinic system and commonly forms glassy complex crystals of varied habit.’
      • ‘The crystals have sharp trapezohedral faces; they have a glassy luster and are quite transparent when unweathered.’
      • ‘Using abrasives, such as steel wool or abrasive powders tends to permanently scratch the smooth glassy surface, and make it harder to clean thereafter.’
      • ‘The very crust of the planet had been fused into one massive, glassy solid.’
      • ‘Black, glassy metamict material from each of these locations has historically been referred to as samarskite.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As an added bonus, the lava would simultaneously pave roads and sidewalks when it hardens into a glassy smooth surface of igneous rock.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Rarely, small nodules are found that have a ‘sugary’ texture, which is composed of compact masses of minute glassy crystals.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Volcanoes of the western Hungarian volcanic field also consistently comprise basal glassy pyroclastic units overlain by lavas that cap buttes.’
      • ‘The cerussite crystals are bright and glassy and range from colorless to pale gray.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Flint looks glassy and impervious, but in fact is quite porous.’
      • ‘It seemed to be made of Obsidian, and its glassy back surface shined like a shadowy mirror.’
      • ‘The outer selvages are glassy and the interior tends to be vesicular under low-water pressures.’
    2. 1.2(of water) having a smooth surface.
      • ‘Her fingers grazed the glassy surface of the water, causing ripples to from her touch.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Day after day passed - no wind - intense heat - glassy waters.’
      • ‘Amy approached the glassy water, rippling with the waterfall's motion.’
      • ‘I gathered up all of my courage and peered into the glassy water.’
      • ‘And the ducks, and the car ferry cutting a swathe in the glassy surface: so it is a lake after all.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Marion poked at the water, making ripples on its glassy surface, but nothing happened.’
      • ‘The winter offers still glassy waters with pink morning skies reflected on their surface.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘To the uninitiated, Orkney's Scapa Flow harbour is one square mile of untroubled, glassy water.’
      • ‘The ship was floating on a glassy surface of ocean.’
      • ‘The vision inside the mirror waved like a reflection in the water distorted by a ripple in the glassy surface.’
      • ‘Suddenly, instead of skimming the glassy surface, you could be struggling with the deep, dark world of potential disaster.’
      • ‘The sea was its usual calm blue, a glassy liquid surface stretching till it fused with the horizon in a spectacle of colour.’
      • ‘Stunning view out the window now, glassy harbour, sunshine, no wind.’
      • ‘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.’
      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.’
      • ‘My only complaint is that the upper register of the piano sounds unfortunately glassy.’
      • ‘Sonics are excellent, although higher notes occasionally have a glassy sound.’
  • 2(of a person's eyes or expression) showing no interest or animation; dull and glazed.

    • ‘Beside the bundle, a man stood with glassy eyes.’
    • ‘Tears rolled down from Margreet's glassy eyes.’
    • ‘The latter of which resonated from Stephanie; in glassy eyes she stood repressing the emotion.’
    • ‘His glassy eyes stared at the ceiling in a permanent expression of horror.’
    • ‘Witness said he got a strong smell of drink from the driver, whose speech was slurred and whose eyes were glassy.’
    • ‘With skin the colour of milky tea and glassy eyes that betray his misery, there's never any pretence towards polished musicianship.’
    • ‘He had stopped crying, but his eyes were glassy.’
    • ‘Alissa stared at her with a blank glassy expression.’
    • ‘An undefined emotion passed across Wind's glassy eyes before fading back into the depths of his light brown pools.’
    • ‘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 little cheeks are flushed red and his eyes are glassy.’
    • ‘His body was limp in her arms and his eyes were glassy and lifeless.’
    • ‘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 glanced up at her; his glassy eyes registered no emotion.’
    • ‘Her face is flushed, her eyes are glassy sometimes.’
    • ‘You could see in everyone's glassy eyes, that people were genuinely having fun, opening up and talking to complete strangers.’
    • ‘His bright green eyes were glassy, and bore a worried expression.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Slowly, he raised his waxy head and fixed me with his glassy eyes.’
    • ‘In their tiny glassy eyes I can see mankind's downfall.’
    expressionless, glazed, blank, empty, vacant, fixed, unmoving, motionless, emotionless, fishy, impassive, lifeless, wooden, dull, vacuous
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