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

  • n. A soft, fusible, lustrous, brilliant lead-oxide optical glass with high refraction and low dispersion. Also called lead glass.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A soft, heavy, brilliant glass, consisting essentially of a silicate of lead and potassium. It is used for tableware and in optical instruments.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A soft, heavy, brilliant glass, consisting essentially of a silicate of lead and potassium. It is used for tableware, and for optical instruments, as prisms, its density giving a high degree of dispersive power; -- so called, because formerly the silica was obtained from pulverized flints. Called also crystal glass. Cf. glass.
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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A variety of glass in which the silica is combined with oxid of lead in greater or less quantity.

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

  • n. optical glass of high dispersion and high refractive index

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