Vitreous electricity
Vitreous Vit"re*ous, a. [L. vitreous, from vitrum glass; perhaps akin to videre to see (see {Vision}). Cf. {Varnish}.] 1. Consisting of, or resembling, glass; glassy; as, vitreous rocks. [1913 Webster]

2. Of or pertaining to glass; derived from glass; as, vitreous electricity. [1913 Webster]

{Vitreous body} (Anat.), the vitreous humor. See the Note under {Eye}.

{Vitreous electricity} (Elec.), the kind of electricity excited by rubbing glass with certain substances, as silk; positive electricity; -- opposed to resinous, or negative, electricity.

{Vitreous humor}. (Anat.) See the Note under {Eye}.

{Vitreous sponge} (Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous species of siliceous sponges having, often fibrous, glassy spicules which are normally six-rayed; a hexactinellid sponge. See {Venus's basket}, under {Venus}. [1913 Webster]


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  • vitreous electricity — teigiamoji elektra statusas T sritis fizika atitikmenys: angl. positive electricity; vitreous electricity vok. positive Elektrizität, f rus. положительное электричество, n pranc. électricité positive, f …   Fizikos terminų žodynas

  • vitreous electricity — /vɪtriəs əlɛkˈtrɪsəti/ (say vitreeuhs uhlek trisuhtee) noun positive electricity; electricity produced on glass by rubbing with silk …   Australian English dictionary

  • Vitreous — Vit re*ous, a. [L. vitreous, from vitrum glass; perhaps akin to videre to see (see {Vision}). Cf. {Varnish}.] 1. Consisting of, or resembling, glass; glassy; as, vitreous rocks. [1913 Webster] 2. Of or pertaining to glass; derived from glass; as …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Vitreous body — Vitreous Vit re*ous, a. [L. vitreous, from vitrum glass; perhaps akin to videre to see (see {Vision}). Cf. {Varnish}.] 1. Consisting of, or resembling, glass; glassy; as, vitreous rocks. [1913 Webster] 2. Of or pertaining to glass; derived from… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Vitreous humor — Vitreous Vit re*ous, a. [L. vitreous, from vitrum glass; perhaps akin to videre to see (see {Vision}). Cf. {Varnish}.] 1. Consisting of, or resembling, glass; glassy; as, vitreous rocks. [1913 Webster] 2. Of or pertaining to glass; derived from… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Vitreous sponge — Vitreous Vit re*ous, a. [L. vitreous, from vitrum glass; perhaps akin to videre to see (see {Vision}). Cf. {Varnish}.] 1. Consisting of, or resembling, glass; glassy; as, vitreous rocks. [1913 Webster] 2. Of or pertaining to glass; derived from… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Electricity — E lec*tric i*ty ([=e] l[e^]k*tr[i^]s [i^]*t[y^]), n.; pl. {Electricities} ([=e] l[e^]k*tr[i^]s [i^]*t[i^]z). [Cf. F. [ e]lectricit[ e]. See {Electric}.] 1. (Physics) a property of certain of the fundamental particles of which matter is composed,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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