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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Glas, n. Also: glace, glase; glasse, glasce; glais(e; gles, glesse, glese. [ME. glasse, glas (e.m.E., also glasce, glace), OE. glæs.]

1. Glass as a substance. a1400 Leg. S. xxi. 206.
Thare of glas twa mykil pelaris ware
Ib. xxviii. 486.
How Salamon … feyndis … in a weschale stekit of gles [: was]
a1500 Henr. Test. Cress 569.
The greit unstabilnes Brukkil as glas
Id. III. 171/45.
Fraellar than glas
1501–2 Treas. Acc. II. 140.
For xij flacatis of glas
c1500-c1512 Dunb. Tua Mar. W. 204.
He had the glemyng of gold, and wes bot glase fundin
1541 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 174.
Sua that the said vindois be nocht brokin, extending attour ane futt of glace
1543 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 112.
To furneis glas, leid, and tyn during his lyfe-tyme
1562 Will A. Betoun 225.
Ane lawer of gles
1588 Dundee Shipping L. 219.
The said schip … contenand … ane keist of glais
1612 Bk. Rates 305.
Flagones of glase covered with wicker
1636 Thanes of Cawdor 281.
In leache bake chalmir ane kraddil of glasce
c 1670 Douglas Chart. 343.
Ane old caise … with sum broken glese

2. An article made of glass, as a window-pane or panes, a bottle or phial, a drinking glass, a mirror, or hour-glass.(1) a1500 Henr. Test. Cress. 15.
Throw out the glas his bemis brast sa fair
1513 Doug. vii. Prol. 98.
Quhar lemand throu the glas I dyd tak kepe Latonia
1543 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 112.
To vphald the haill glas and wyndois of thair kirk of St. Geill yeirlie
(2) a1500 Henr. Test. Cress. 348.
Than rais scho vp and tuik Ane poleist glas, and hir schaddow culd luik
c1500-c1512 Dunb. xi. 5.
For as thow come so sall thow pas, Lyk as ane schaddow in ane glas
1567 G. Ball. 216.
Lat thir and vther, at this day, Be as thy glas
1585 James VI Ess. 13.
Heir surely lyes Of seasons fowre, the glasse and picture viue
1593 Edinb. Test. XXV. 187 b.
Tua greit myrrour glaceis … , ane vther glace
(3) 1488 Treas. Acc. I. 81.
Twa glassis with balme
a1500 Bk. Chess 1670.
Be this glas a potingar is tane
c1500-c1512 Dunb. xl. 24.
Fill fow the glas and drynk me to
a1500 Doug. K. Hart 356.
Fayr calling gaif hir drink into ane glas
1546 Treas. Acc. VIII. 457.
Tursing glasses with watteris furth of Edinb. to Linlythgw
1549 Compl. 145/11.
At that tyme the pepil var as reddy to drynk vattir in ther bonet as in ane glas
1562 Will A. Betoun 225.
Item, three glessis
1608 Tailors Acc. Bk. 59.
For ane glas of watter to the ladyis eyn
1691 Foulis Acc. Bk. 132.
For a glas of jesmie oyl for my piriwigs
(4) a1570-86 Dunb. Maitl. F. cxliii. 25.
Lat fortoun wirk furthe hir rage … Quhill that hir glas be run and past
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 4195.
Quhen the glas of his glorye wes run
1556 Lauder Off. Kings 34.
Rycht as the sandehour in the glasse, Elykewyse dois thare tyme heir passe
1604 Elgin Rec. II. 122.
The minister to keip the glas and no farder on the Tuysdayis preaching
1642 Spalding II. 186.
Mr. Androw Cant, … quicklie cloissit the reidaris buke, and laid doun the glas befoir it wes run

3. Attrib. (with ambrie, case, cave, etc.): Made of, or fitted with, glass.(a) 1513 Doug. viii. Prol. 94.
Sum gowkis quhill the glas pyg grow full of gold ȝit
1532 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 59.
He … vphaldand the said kirk in sclatis, watterticht glaswyndois and all vther necessour thingis
1563 Reg. Cupar A. II. 280.
iiij lib. xij d. giffin for xxvij of glas maid wark
1617 Montgomery Mem. 277.
To James Elphinston … for mending the glas windo
1655 Edinb. Test. LXVIII. 76.
Ane glas cave worth ij lib
(b) 1621 Edinb. Test. LI. 76.
Nyne dosane of glase flagones
1642 S. Leith Rec. 39.
To put in ane glase windock
1658 Brechin Test. VI. 157.
Ane ambrie callit ane glase ambrie
(c) 1658 Mun. Univ. Glasg. iii. 504.
Given for 17 lairge glesse dyellis … , given for tuintie glesse dyellis of a lesser sort

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