Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See glasswork.
  • n. Chiefly British A greenhouse.
  • n. A place, position, or situation involving intense public scrutiny.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A building made of glass in which plants are grown more rapidly than outside such a building by the action of heat from the sun, this heat being trapped inside by the glass (chiefly commercial).
  • n. A building where glass or glassware is manufactured.
  • n. A military prison.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A house where glass is made; a commercial house that deals in glassware.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A house where glass is made; a manufactory of glass.
  • n. A greenhouse, as being glazed or covered in with glass. See glass house, under glass, a.
  • n. A room with a glass roof, in which the best arrangements of light and shade can be produced for photographing purposes.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a building with glass walls and roof; for the cultivation and exhibition of plants under controlled conditions

Etymologies

glass +‎ house (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Along with something of the stunning Essence, too: the distinctive crease below the glasshouse is the clearest of many design cues picked up from the 2009 concept car.

    Automotive Headlines

  • The body crease below the glasshouse is the clearest of many design cues picked up from Essence, the stunning Infiniti concept car that made its debut at the Geneva Auto Show early in 2009.

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  • Second, the "glasshouse" is a little wider at the rear, so the doors are less thick and rear passengers have room to move.

    Motoring

  • Second, the "glasshouse" is a little wider at the rear, so the doors are less thick and rear occupants have room to move.

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  • As for Boycott, he should stick to what people tell me he's good at (commentating), leave Yardy's diagnosis to professionals ("No, Mr Yardy, there is no such thing as 'bad bowling-inspired clinical depression'") and be mindful of his own glasshouse when he next feels like throwing stones.

    Geoff Boycott's sensitive side… it's so well hidden | Barbara Ellen

  • Sitting in a glasshouse (I remember one day with most embarrassing ‘blackouts’), rather than on the typos (there are two in satisfactorily, Michael) I shall focus on possible reasons.

    Five-typo feast of fail

  • Weather or not they want to eradicate Israel you still need to talk to them as they will not stop throwing stones at your glasshouse until you do.

    Global Voices in English » Israel: A Belief In Coexistence – Interview With Activist Ibn Ezra

  • Start with a coffee in the Winter Garden (90 Surrey St, sheffield.gov.uk), a vast modern glasshouse, before tackling local urban artist Kid Acne's Kill Your Darlings exhibition, on at the neighbouring Millennium Gallery (Arundel Gate, museums-sheffield.org.uk, until 23 October).

    Five great British city breaks

  • Modern food production units – be they US-style beef feedlots or European glasshouse and polytunnel "hubs" that are the size of a small town – are of such a scale that they amplify the impact of all the public health time bombs that our industrial food systems cooks up.

    The food chain is almost broken. Who will reforge the links of trust? | Joanna Blythman

  • Tom Burkard, a research fellow at the thinktank who is on the steering committee for the planned school, said: "I want to get away from the idea that it is going to be a glasshouse or sin-bin."

    Secondary school where every teacher will be a soldier

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