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glasses \glasses\ n. pl. Same as eyeglasses. See eyeglass[1].

Syn: spectacles, specs, eyeglasses.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"spectacles," 1660s, from plural of glass (n.).


n. 1 (plural of glass English) 2 (context pluralonly English) spectacles, frames bearing two lenses worn in front of the eyes


n. optical instrument consisting of a pair of lenses for correcting defective vision [syn: spectacles, specs, eyeglasses]


Glasses, also known as eyeglasses or spectacles, are devices consisting of lenses mounted in a frame that holds them in front of a person's eyes. Glasses are typically used for vision correction. Safety glasses provide eye protection against flying debris or against visible and near-visible light or radiation. Sunglasses allow better vision in bright daylight, and may protect one's eyes against damage from high levels of ultraviolet light. Specialized glasses may be used for viewing specific visual information (such as stereoscopy). Sometimes glasses are worn simply for aesthetic or fashion purposes. The number of Americans who are nearsighted has doubled since the 1970s and almost 3/4 of the US population wears glasses. People are more likely to need glasses the older they get with 93% of people between the age of 65-75 wearing corrective lenses.

Glasses (Who Needs 'Em?)

Glasses (Who Needs 'Em?) is a children's picture book written and illustrated by Lane Smith. It was originally released in 1991 by Viking Books. The book received favorable reviews.

Glasses (short story)

"Glasses" is an 1896 short story by Henry James. A young woman whose only asset is a supremely beautiful face is about to make a society marriage until her fiancé discovers that, being virtually blind, she needs thick glasses which ruin her looks.

Glasses (album)

Glasses is a live album by multi-instrumentalist and composer Joe McPhee, recorded in 1977 and first released on the Swiss HatHut label 1979.

Usage examples of "glasses".

Then he deftly collected three short glasses, which he quickly distributed as if he were dealing cards.

It was a place fit for a king, but Akeela had apparently abused it, for there were dirty glasses everywhere and half-drunken pitchers of wine.

A pure musical note rose from the creature as Tris stroked her, a lingering tone like those drawn from the lips of glasses filled with water.

After two glasses of zinfandel and a couple of cans of Pacific Express, they had reached the mutual decision to delay a detailed exploration of Glass House until the following day.

Cyrus got in beside her and put on his dark glasses with grim precision.

As for her brothers, though the elder was nearly forty years old, it was not long since his father had given him a box on the ears which made him see simultaneously all the colours of all the glasses ever made in Murano before or since.

Loredan and Mocenigo were already there, as Foscari had anticipated, eating pistachio nuts and sipping sherbet through rice straws out of tall glasses from Murano.

When she came to the bedroom door with the jugs and glasses on the table outside, she paused.

One almost expected, Martin thought, as he stood talking, to see a pair of glasses slung round his shoulders, just as there was a red mark across his forehead where his hat had been.

The young people, hastily swallowing what remained in their glasses, rose and began to move off upstairs.

His reading glasses are rectangular, court-shaped, the sidelines at top and bottom.

Hal having a few glasses of beer every so often than absorbing God alone knows what sort of esoteric designer compounds with reptilian Michael Pemulis and trail-of-slime-leaving James Struck, both of whom give Avril a howling case of the maternal fantods.

They looked severely magnified behind his attractive but thick glasses, the frames of which were steel.

Ennet House he sometimes wakes up in his Staff cellar bedroom down by the pay phone and tonic machine and looks out the sooty ground-level window by his bed and watches the catatonic touching the tree in her sheet and glasses, illuminated by Comm.

Being lowered under the snow at Mount Auburn Cemetery, through dark glasses from a distance.