from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In horticulture, a glass used for covering, protecting, and forwarding plants.
  • noun A small mirror that may be conveniently held in the hand.
  • noun Nautical, a half-minute or quarter-minute sand-glass used to measure time in running out the log-line.


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  • At last he goes up to the writing-table, listens in the direction of the folding door, hastily snatches up a hand-glass, looks at himself in it, and straightens his necktie.

    John Gabriel Borkman

  • Then she takes a little hand-glass from the writing-table, looks at herself in it, and arranges her hair.

    Hedda Gabler

  • He hastened to examine the articles on the top, raising the little pincushion, the bottles, the hand-glass.

    Angel With No Hands

  • Clare was standing in her underthings under the single bulb, examining her lips with a hand-glass.

    Over the River

  • It is richly worth his while, and if he cannot believe in a box which will be shown him as the box Isabel gave Columbus her jewels in merely because he has been shown a reliquary as her hand-glass, so much the worse for him.

    Familiar Spanish Travels

  • A hand-glass was placed with the book so that she could reach it easily.


  • In her hand she held a pair of curlingtongs, and, before her, on the foot-end of the sofa, a hand-glass was propped up.

    Maurice Guest

  • Never let the patient think for a moment that you fear her disease; if she has diphtheria, do not tell her or the family that you have a delicate throat or that it is sore, and do not examine it by the help of a hand-glass where any one can see you.

    Making Good on Private Duty

  • Later in the year they will succeed under a hand-glass in the open.

    The Culture of Vegetables and Flowers From Seeds and Roots 16th Edition

  • They both examined it carefully with the aid of a hand-glass.

    Cinderella; or, The Little Glass Slipper and Other Stories


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