- of, having the nature of, or like glass; glassy
- derived from or made of glass
- of the vitreous humor
Origin of vitreousClassical Latin vitreus, glassy ; from vitrum, glass
- Of, relating to, resembling, or having the nature of glass; glassy.
- Obtained or made from glass.
- Of or relating to the vitreous humor.
Origin of vitreousFrom Latin vitreus, from vitrum, glass.
- vit′re·os′i·ty , vit′re·ous·ness
(comparative more vitreous, superlative most vitreous)
- Of, or resembling glass; glassy
- Of, or relating to the vitreous humor of the eye
- (of ceramics) having a shiny nonporous surface
- (chemistry) Of a semi-crystalline substance where the atoms exhibit short-range order, but without the long-range order of a crystal
- (physics, dated) positive (of electric charge)
- (by elision) The vitreous humor.
From Latin vitreus (“glassy, transparent"), from vitrum (“glass").
The terms vitreous (positive) and resinous (negative) electricity were coined in 1733 by Charles FranÃ§ois de Cisternay du Fay, who studied the different behaviour of glass and resin when rubbed with silk and fur, respectively.