• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Glair A broadsword fixed on a pike; a kind of halberd.
    • Glair Any viscous, transparent substance, resembling the white of an egg.
    • Glair The white of egg. It is used as a size or a glaze in bookbinding, for pastry, etc.
    • v. t Glair To smear with the white of an egg.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The "glair" is the white or clear part of an egg. The word glair comes from the Latin clarus, meaning "clear."
    • n glair The white of an egg, used as varnish to preserve painting, and as a size to retain gold in bookbinding and in gilding.
    • n glair Any viscous transparent substance resembling the white of an egg; hence, any viscous substance.
    • glair To smear with glair or the white of an egg; smear with a viscous substance.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Glair glār the clear part of an egg used as varnish: any viscous, transparent substance: mud
    • v.t Glair to varnish with white of eggs
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. glaire, glaire, d'uf, the glair of an egg, prob. fr. L. clarus, clear, bright. See Clear (a.)


In literature:

It begins with zero in the glair of a cell and ascends until we come to the mighty brain of a Newton.
"The Mason-bees" by J. Henri Fabre
But safety lies within; and behold the atom of animated glair embarking on its struggle with the flint.
"The Life of the Fly" by J. Henri Fabre
Preparations had been made at the Maison Alix for the reception of M. Glaire, and his supposed occupation had been announced.
"A Stable for Nightmares" by J. Sheridan Le Fanu
The glaire of the edge gilding will help to stop the edges fraying out.
"Bookbinding, and the Care of Books" by Douglas Cockerell
The strength and litheness of a clown cannot compare with those of this budding flesh, this hardly coagulated glair.
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre
Bookbinders use some composition made of glair, or white of egg, which produces a very glossy appearance.
"Notes and Queries, Number 235, April 29, 1854" by Various
To polish leathers such as these, binders' varnish or, at least, the glaire mentioned above, should be used.
"Book Repair and Restoration" by Mitchell Buck
Mrs Glaire, ma'am, Mrs Glaire, for shame, for shame!
"The Parson O' Dumford" by George Manville Fenn
If kept corked glaire will keep for some time.
"Library Bookbinding" by Arthur Low Bailey
To make the gold stick to the surface, glair or white of egg is used in all cases.
"Practical Bookbinding" by Paul Adam
Where abundant evacuations of glaires are alternate with constipation, cold injections are a great relief.
"Every Man his own Doctor" by R. T. Claridge

In news:

The snarpy cognitive robotics architecture is a new member of the family of GLAIR architectures that performs grounded reasoning and action on real and simulated robots.