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
- To smear with glair or the white of an egg; smear with a viscous substance.
- 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.
Then the fox started across the steel-gray glair, picking his steps that he might have a firm foothold.
A coating of glair or varnish is found to some extent to protect leather from adverse outside influences, but, unfortunately, both glair and varnish tend rather to harden leather than to keep it flexible, and they fail just where failure is most serious, that is at the joints.
In opening and shutting, any coat of glair or varnish that has become hard will crack, and expose the leather of the joint and back.
As it has not done so, are we then really, as many contend, the highest expression of the progress accomplished, throughout the ages, by the first atom of glair expanded into a cell?
But safety lies within; and behold the atom of animated glair embarking on its struggle with the flint.
The strength and litheness of a clown cannot compare with those of this budding flesh, this hardly coagulated glair.
Crawling up the sides, the Snails imprisoned in my apparatus sometimes reach the top, which is closed with a glass pane, and fix themselves to it by means of a speck of glair.
It begins with zero in the glair of a cell and ascends until we come to the mighty brain of a Newton.
Its appearance was very beautiful; firm and glair; varying in color, and glistening like polished porphyry.
She lifted the scissors the her chest intending to kil her self but the creature stilfed that with a glair.
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