from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The white of an egg.
- n. A sizing or glaze made of egg white.
- n. A viscous substance resembling egg white.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Egg-white, especially as used in various industrial preparations.
- n. Any viscous, slimy substance.
- v. To smear with egg-white.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The white of egg. It is used as a size or a glaze in bookbinding, for pastry, etc.
- n. Any viscous, transparent substance, resembling the white of an egg.
- n. A broadsword fixed on a pike; a kind of halberd.
- transitive v. To smear with the white of an egg.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The white of an egg, used as varnish to preserve painting, and as a size to retain gold in bookbinding and in gilding.
- n. Any viscous transparent substance resembling the white of an egg; hence, any viscous substance.
- To smear with glair or the white of an egg; smear with a viscous substance.
Middle English glaire, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *clāria, from Latin clārus, clear; see kelə-2 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French glaire, from Vulgar Latin *clāria, a substantive use of Latin clārus ("clear"). (Wiktionary)