Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Glenoidal adjective (Anat.) Glenoid.

Glent noun & v. See Glint .

Gleucometer noun [ Greek ... must + -meter : confer French gleucomètre .] An instrument for measuring the specific gravity and ascertaining the quantity of sugar contained in must.

Glew noun See Glue . [ Obsolete]

Gley intransitive verb [ Middle English gliʒen , glien , gleien , to shine, to squint; confer Icelandic gljā to glitter.] To squint; to look obliquely; to overlook things. [ Scot.] Jamieson.

Gley adverb Asquint; askance; obliquely.

Gliadin noun [ Greek ... glue: confer French gliadine .] (Chemistry) Vegetable glue or gelatin; glutin. It is one of the constituents of wheat gluten, and is a tough, amorphous substance, which resembles animal glue or gelatin.

Glib (glĭb) adjective [ Compar. Glibber ; superl. Glibbest .] [ Prob. from Dutch glibberen , glippen , to slide, glibberig , glipperig , glib, slippery.]


1. Smooth; slippery; as, ice is glib . [ Obsolete]

2. Speaking or spoken smoothly and with flippant rapidity; fluent; voluble; as, a glib tongue; a glib speech.

I want that glib and oily art,
To speak and purpose not.
Shak.

Syn. -- Slippery; smooth; fluent; voluble; flippant.

Glib transitive verb To make glib. [ Obsolete] Bp. Hall.

Glib noun [ Ir. & Gael. glib a lock of hair.] A thick lock of hair, hanging over the eyes. [ Obsolete]

The Irish have, from the Scythians, mantles and long glibs , which is a thick curied bush of hair hanging down over their eyes, and monstrously disguising them.
Spenser.

Their wild costume of the glib and mantle.
Southey.

Glib transitive verb [ Confer O. & Prov. English lib to castrate, geld, Prov. Danish live , LG. & OD. lubben .] To castrate; to geld; to emasculate. [ Obsolete] Shak.

Glibbery adjective
1. Slippery; changeable. [ Obsolete]

My love is glibbery ; there is no hold on't.
Marston.

2. Moving easily; nimble; voluble. [ Obsolete]

Thy lubrical and glibbery muse.
B. Jonson.

Glibly adverb In a glib manner; as, to speak glibly .

Glibness noun The quality of being glib.

Glicke noun [ Confer Gleek , noun , 2, and Ir. & Gael. glic wise, cunning, crafty.] An ogling look. [ Obsolete]

Glidden obsolete past participle of Glide . Chaucer.

Glidder, Gliddery adjective [ Confer Glide .] Giving no sure footing; smooth; slippery. [ Prov. Eng.]

Shingle, slates, and gliddery stones.
R. D. Blackmore.

Glide noun (Zoology) The glede or kite.

Glide intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Glided ; present participle & verbal noun Gliding .] [ Anglo-Saxon glīdan ; akin to Dutch glijden , Old High German glītan , German gleiten , Swedish glida , Danish glide , and probably to English glad .]


1. To move gently and smoothly; to pass along without noise, violence, or apparent effort; to pass rapidly and easily, or with a smooth, silent motion, as a river in its channel, a bird in the air, a skater over ice.

The river glideth at his own sweet will.
Wordsworth.

2. (Phon.) To pass with a glide, as the voice.

Glide noun
1. The act or manner of moving smoothly, swiftly, and without labor or obstruction.

They prey at last ensnared, he dreadful darts,
With rapid glide , along the leaning line.
Thomson.

Seeing Orlando, it unlink'd itself,
And with indented glides did slip away.
Shak.

2. (Phon.) A transitional sound in speech which is produced by the changing of the mouth organs from one definite position to another, and with gradual change in the most frequent cases; as in passing from the begining to the end of a regular diphthong, or from vowel to consonant or consonant to vowel in a syllable, or from one component to the other of a double or diphthongal consonant (see Guide to Pronunciation , §§ 19, 161, 162). Also (by Bell and others), the vanish (or brief final element) or the brief initial element, in a class of diphthongal vowels, or the brief final or initial part of some consonants (see Guide to Pronunciation , §§ 18, 97, 191).

» The on-glide of a vowel or consonant is the glidemade in passing to it, the off-glide , one made in passing from it. Glides of the other sort are distinguished as initial or final , or fore-glides and after-glides . For voice-glide , see Guide to Pronunciation , §§ 17, 95.

Glide noun (Aëronautics) Movement of a glider, aëroplane, etc., through the air under gravity or its own movement.

Glide intransitive verb (Aëronautics) To move through the air by virtue of gravity or momentum; to volplane.

Gliden obsolete past participle of Glide . Chaucer.

Glider noun One who, or that which, glides.

Gliding angle (Aëronautics) The angle, esp. the least angle, at which a gliding machine or aëroplane will glide to earth by virtue of gravity without applied power.

Gliding machine (Aëronautics) A construction consisting essentially of one or more aëroplanes for gliding in an inclined path from a height to the ground.

Glidingly adverb In a gliding manner.

Gliff noun [ Confer Middle English gliffen , gliften , to look with fear at.]
1. A transient glance; an unexpected view of something that startles one; a sudden fear. [ Prov. Eng. & Scot.] Halliwell.

2. A moment: as, for a gliff . [ Scot.] Sir W. Scott.

Glike noun [ See Gleek a jest.] A sneer; a flout. [ Obsolete]

Glim noun
1. Brightness; splendor. [ Obsolete]

2. A light or candle. [ Slang] Dickens.

Douse the glim , put out the light. [ Slang]

Glimmer intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Glimmered ; present participle & verbal noun Glimmering .] [ Akin to German glimmer a faint, trembling light, mica, glimmern to glimmer, glimmen to shine faintly, glow, Swedish glimma , Danish glimre , Dutch glimmen , glimpen . See Gleam a ray, and confer Glimpse .] To give feeble or scattered rays of light; to shine faintly; to show a faint, unsteady light; as, the glimmering dawn; a glimmering lamp.

The west yet glimmers with some streaks of day.
Shak.

Syn. -- To gleam; to glitter. See Gleam , Flash .

Glimmer noun
1. A faint, unsteady light; feeble, scattered rays of light; also, a gleam.

Gloss of satin and glimmer of pearls.
Tennyson.

2. Mica. See Mica . Woodsward.

Glimmer gowk , an owl. [ Prov. Eng.] Tennyson.

Glimmering noun
1. Faint, unsteady light; a glimmer. South.

2. A faint view or idea; a glimpse; an inkling.

Glimpse noun [ For glimse , from the root of glimmer .]


1. A sudden flash; transient luster.

LIght as the lightning glimpse they ran.
Milton.

2. A short, hurried view; a transitory or fragmentary perception; a quick sight.

Here hid by shrub wood, there by glimpses seen.
S. Rogers.

3. A faint idea; an inkling.

Glimpse intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Glimpsed ; present participle & verbal noun Glimpsing .] to appear by glimpses; to catch glimpses. Drayton.

Glimpse transitive verb To catch a glimpse of; to see by glimpses; to have a short or hurried view of.

Some glimpsing and no perfect sight.
Chaucer.

Glint noun [ Middle English glent .] A glimpse, glance, or gleam. [ Scot.] "He saw a glint of light." Ramsay.

Glint transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Glinted ; present participle & verbal noun Glinting .] [ Middle English glenten . Confer Glance , intransitive verb , Glitter , intransitive verb ] To glance; to peep forth, as a flower from the bud; to glitter. Burns.

Glint transitive verb To glance; to turn; as, to glint the eye.

Glioma noun [ New Latin , from Greek ... glue + -oma .] (Medicine) A tumor springing from the neuroglia or connective tissue of the brain, spinal cord, or other portions of the nervous system.

Glires noun plural [ Latin , dormice.] (Zoology) An order of mammals; the Rodentia. -- Gli"rine adjective

Glissade noun [ French, from glisser to slip.] A sliding, as down a snow slope in the Alps. Tyndall.

Glissade noun [ French, from glisser to slip.]
1. A sliding, as down a snow slope.

2. A dance step consisting of a glide or slide to one side.

Glissando noun & adjective [ As if Italian = Fr. glissant sliding.] (Mus.) A gliding effect; gliding.

Glissette noun [ French, from glisser to slip.] (Math.) The locus described by any point attached to a curve that slips continuously on another fixed curve, the movable curve having no rotation at any instant.

Glist noun [ From Glisten .] Glimmer; mica.

Glisten intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Glistened ; present participle & verbal noun Glistening .] [ Middle English glistnian , akin to glisnen , glisien , Anglo-Saxon glisian , glisnian , akin to English glitter . See Glitter , intransitive verb , and confer Glister , intransitive verb ] To sparkle or shine; especially, to shine with a mild, subdued, and fitful luster; to emit a soft, scintillating light; to gleam; as, the glistening stars.

Syn. -- See Flash .

Glister intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Glistered ; present participle & verbal noun Glistering .] [ Middle English glistren ; akin to German glistern , glinstern , Dutch glinsteren , and English glisten . See Glisten .] To be bright; to sparkle; to be brilliant; to shine; to glisten; to glitter.

All that glisters is not gold.
Shak.

Glister noun Glitter; luster.

Glister noun [ Confer Old French glistere .] Same as Clyster .