from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See sodium silicate.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a silicate of sodium or potassium, found in commerce as a white, glassy mass, a stony powder, or dissolved as a viscous, sirupy liquid; -- used for rendering fabrics incombustible, for hardening artificial stone, etc.; -- called also water glass.
- adj. See under Glass.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a viscous glass consisting of sodium silicate in solution; used as a cement or as a protective coating and to preserve eggs
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(Kempten, 1842); and a work on the preparation, properties, and uses of soluble glass (Munich, 1857).