• WordNet 3.6
    • adj vitreous (of ceramics) having the surface made shiny and nonporous by fusing a vitreous solution to it "glazed pottery","glassy porcelain","hard vitreous china used for plumbing fixtures"
    • adj vitreous relating to or resembling or derived from or containing glass "vitreous rocks","vitreous silica"
    • adj vitreous of or relating to or constituting the vitreous humor of the eye "the vitreous chamber"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Vitreous Consisting of, or resembling, glass; glassy; as, vitreous rocks.
    • Vitreous Of or pertaining to glass; derived from glass; as, vitreous electricity.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • vitreous Of, pertaining to, or obtained from glass; resembling glass.
    • vitreous Consisting of glass: as, a vitreous substance.
    • vitreous Resembling glass in some respects; glassy: thus, an object may be vitreous in its hardness, in its gloss, in its structure, etc. Specifically, in anatomy and zoology, vitriform; glassy; like glass— in transparency, as a clear jelly may resemble glass; hyaloid: as, the vitreous body or humor of the eye; in translucency, thinness, or smoothness; hyaline: as, a vitreous shell; in hardness and brittleness: as, the vitreous tablets of the skull; in mode of cleavage; clean-cut: as, a vitreous fracture; in chemical composition; silicious: as, a vitreous sponge.
    • n vitreous The vitreous body of the eye.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Vitreous vit′rē-us glassy: pertaining to, consisting of, or like glass
    • v.i Vitreous to become glass
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. vitreous, from vitrum, glass; perhaps akin to videre, to see (see Vision). Cf. Varnish


In literature:

This enormous glass was cast from a single crucible, containing 1,600 kilogrammes of vitreous matter.
"France and the Republic" by William Henry Hurlbert
It seemed as if one could almost hear him vitreously chime and ring.
"The Confidence-Man" by Herman Melville
They were composed of a dark vitreous basalt, the most durable of all stone.
"Ancient America, in Notes on American Archaeology" by John D. Baldwin
Vitreous: Transparent and colourless.
"The Elements of Bacteriological Technique" by John William Henry Eyre
The luster too is almost adamantine while that of ruby is softer and vitreous.
"A Text-Book of Precious Stones for Jewelers and the Gem-Loving Public" by Frank Bertram Wade
They were approaching the base of the volcano, whose side now towered above them, the upper part glassy with vitreous lava.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, May, 1930" by Various
They are made of a peculiar vitreous material native to Mercury.
"Slaves of Mercury" by Nat Schachner
Here there was nothing but a blank, shiny stare, vitreous and unintelligent.
"The Side Of The Angels" by Basil King
Its inner surface is molded on the vitreous humor.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
The VITREOUS HUMOR forms the principal bulk of the globe of the eye.
"A Treatise on Anatomy, Physiology, and Hygiene (Revised Edition)" by Calvin Cutter
They were vitreous, with a misty dry shininess, such as Smith had never seen in a human head before.
"The Great Keinplatz Experiment and Other Tales of Twilight and the Unseen" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Lustre, earthy or vitreous.
"The Elements of Blowpipe Analysis" by Frederick Hutton Getman
These, after firing, were then apparently covered with coloured vitreous glazes by a subsequent operation.
"An Architect's Note-book in Spain" by Matthew Digby Wyatt
On other surfaces the lustre is vitreous.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 3" by Various
V, The Cavity containing the Vitreous Humor.
"A Treatise on Physiology and Hygiene" by Joseph Chrisman Hutchison
The woman stood erect and rigid before her, her eye vitreous, with difficulty expelling her breath between her half open lips.
"Garrick's Pupil" by Auguston Filon
It is brittle, and has a vitreous or resinous lustre.
"Geology" by James Geikie
Blood may also be effused into the vitreous from rupture of retinal, ciliary or choroidal vessels.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 1" by Various
The sea ran in broad heavy mounds, blue-black and vitreous, which hardly moved our bulk.
"The Sea and the Jungle" by H. M. Tomlinson
It forms the processus falciformis, and from it is derived the vitreous humour.
"The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume 1" by Francis Maitland Balfour

In news:

The Piazza from Strasser Woodenworks consists of coordinated bases and vitreous china tops in both floor-standing and wall-mounted models for the bath.
's wastewater department uses the Schonstedt XT512 locator several times a week, with a sonde, to precisely locate pipe made of vitreous clay and other nonmetallic materials.
Pedestal sinks were originally made of enameled cast iron, but by 1915 manufacturers began fabricating them from vitreous china, a glass-like porcelain.
Spots (often called floaters) are small, semi-transparent or cloudy specks or particles within the vitreous, which is the clear, jelly-like fluid that fills the inside of your eyes.
Dear Jon, Since all toilets are made from the same material -- vitreous china -- it's what's inside that counts.

In science:

The CIM and the REM are designed to reflect important aspects of vitreous ion conductors, which are a high degree of disorder and mobile charged ions in a fixed glass network.
Simple Lattice-Models of Ion Conduction: Counter Ion Model vs. Random Energy Model
Tielb¨urger D, Merz R, Ehrenfels R and Hunklinger S 1992 Thermally activated relaxation processes in vitreous silica: An investigation by Brillouin scattering at high pressures Phys.
On the mechanical quality factors of cryogenic test masses from fused silica and crystalline quartz
Note the prominent hyperintensity of the vitreous and cerebrospinal fluid, both consistent with the hyperintensity of water on T2-weighted imaging.
A Quantum Mechanical Review of Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Note the hyperintensity of orbital fat, and the hypointensity of vitreous and cerebrospinal fluid.
A Quantum Mechanical Review of Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Note the marked hyperintensity of the vitreous and cerebrospinal fluid.
A Quantum Mechanical Review of Magnetic Resonance Imaging