(chemistry) Of a semi-crystalline substance where the atoms exhibit short-range order, but without the long-range order of a crystal.
Origin of Vitreous
The terms vitreous (positive) and resinous (negative) electricity were coined in 1733 by Charles François de Cisternay du Fay, who studied the different behaviour of glass and resin when rubbed with silk and fur, respectively.
From Latin vitreus (“glassy, transparent"), from vitrum (“glass").
From Latin vitreus from vitrum glass
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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