(1937-) US composer. As a student of Nadia Boulanger, he was strongly influenced by Indian music; his work is characterized by repeated rhythmic figures that are continually expanded and modified. His compositions include the operas Einstein on the Beach 1976, Akhnaten 1984, The Making of the Representative for Planet 8 1988, and the “Low” Symphony 1992 on themes from David Bowie’s Low album.
ETYM Old Eng. glas, gles, AS. glaes; akin to Dutch, German, Dan., and Swed. glas, Icel. glas, gler, Dan. glar; cf. AS. glaer amber, Latin glaesum. Related to Glare, Glaze.
Transparent or translucent substance that is physically neither a solid nor a liquid. Although glass is easily shattered, it is one of the strongest substances known. It is made by fusing certain types of sand (silica); this fusion occurs naturally in volcanic glass (see obsidian).
In the industrial production of common types of glass, the type of sand used, the particular chemicals added to it (for example, lead, potassium, barium), and refinements of technique determine the type of glass produced. Types of glass include: soda glass; flint glass, used in cut-crystal ware; optical glass; stained glass; heat-resistant glass; and glasses that exclude certain ranges of the light spectrum. Blown glass is either blown individually from molten glass (using a tube up to 1.5 m/4.5 ft long), as in the making of expensive crafted glass, or blown automatically into a mold—for example, in the manufacture of light bulbs and bottles; pressed glass is simply pressed into molds, for jam jars, cheap vases, and light fittings; while sheet glass, for windows, is made by putting the molten glass through rollers to form a “ribbon”, or by floating molten glass on molten tin in the “float glass” process; fiberglass is made from fine glass fibers. Metallic glass is produced by treating alloys so that they take.
On the properties of glass while retaining the malleability and conductivity characteristic of metals.
(Irregular plural: glasses).
1. A brittle, transparent solid, formed with silicates (such as molten sand), with irregular atomic structure.
2. A glass container for holding liquids while drinking; SYN. drinking glass.
3. Glassware collectively.
4. The quantity a glass will hold; SYN. glassful.
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1. To enclose with glass; SYN. glass in.
2. To furnish with glass, as of a window; SYN. glaze.
3. To put in a glass container.
4. To scan with binoculars, as for game in the forest.