from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Resembling glass, as in translucence or transparency; glassy.
- n. Something that is translucent or transparent.
- n. Variant of hyalin.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Glassy, transparent; amorphous.
- n. Anything glassy, translucent or transparent; the sea or sky.
- n. A clear translucent substance in tissues.
- n. The main constituent of the walls of hydatid cysts; a nitrogenous body, which, by decomposition, yields a dextrogyrate sugar, susceptible to alcoholic fermentation.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Glassy; resembling glass; consisting of glass; transparent, like crystal.
- n. A poetic term for the sea or the atmosphere.
- n. The pellucid substance, present in cells in process of development, from which, according to some embryologists, the cell nucleus originates.
- n. The main constituent of the walls of hydatid cysts; a nitrogenous body, which, by decomposition, yields a dextrogyrate sugar, susceptible of alcoholic fermentation.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Glassy; resembling glass; consisting of glass; crystalline; transparent: as, the hyaline or crystalline lens of the eye.
- n. A glassy or transparent substance or surface.
- n. Specifically— The hyaloid membrane of the eye. See hyaloid.
- n. Hyaline cartilage. See cartilage.
- n. A pellucid substance which determines the spontaneous division of cells or originates cell-nuclei; hyaloplasm.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. resembling glass in transparency or translucency
- n. a glassy translucent substance that occurs in hyaline cartilage or in certain skin conditions
Late Latin hyalinus, from Greek hualinos, of glass, from hualos, glass.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin hyalinus, from late Ancient Greek ύαλινος, from ύαλος ("glass"). (Wiktionary)