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Glass vs. Silicon — What's the Difference?

Glass vs. Silicon — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Glass and Silicon

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Glass

Glass is a non-crystalline, often transparent amorphous solid, that has widespread practical, technological, and decorative use in, for example, window panes, tableware, and optics. Glass is most often formed by rapid cooling (quenching) of the molten form; some glasses such as volcanic glass are naturally occurring.

Silicon

Silicon is a chemical element with the symbol Si and atomic number 14. It is a hard, brittle crystalline solid with a blue-grey metallic lustre, and is a tetravalent metalloid and semiconductor.

Glass

A hard, brittle substance, typically transparent or translucent, made by fusing sand with soda and lime and cooling rapidly. It is used to make windows, drinking containers, and other articles
The screen is made from glass
A glass door

Silicon

A nonmetallic element occurring extensively in the earth's crust in silica and silicates, having both a brown amorphous and a gray lustrous crystalline allotrope, and used doped or in combination with other materials in glass, semiconducting devices, concrete, brick, refractories, pottery, and silicones. Atomic number 14; atomic weight 28.086; melting point 1,414°C; boiling point 3,265°C; specific gravity 2.33 (25°C); valence 2, 4. See Periodic Table.

Glass

A drinking container made from glass
A beer glass
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Silicon

A nonmetallic element (symbol Si) with an atomic number of 14 and atomic weight of 28.0855.

Glass

A lens, or an optical instrument containing a lens or lenses, in particular a monocle or a magnifying lens.

Silicon

A single atom of this element.

Glass

A mirror
She couldn't wait to put the dress on and look in the glass

Silicon

(slang) computing

Glass

Cover or enclose with glass
The inn has a long gallery, now glassed in

Silicon

(slang) computer processor

Glass

(especially in hunting) scan (one's surroundings) with binoculars
The first day was spent glassing the rolling hills

Silicon

Abbreviation of silicon chip

Glass

Hit (someone) in the face with a beer glass
He glassed the landlord because he'd been chatting to Jo

Silicon

A nonmetalic element analogous to carbon. It always occurs combined in nature, and is artificially obtained in the free state, usually as a dark brown amorphous powder, or as a dark crystalline substance with a meetallic luster. Its oxide is silica, or common quartz, and in this form, or as silicates, it is, next to oxygen, the most abundant element of the earth's crust. Silicon is characteristically the element of the mineral kingdom, as carbon is of the organic world. Symbol Si. Atomic weight 28. Called also silicium.

Glass

Reflect as if in a mirror
The opposite slopes glassed themselves in the deep dark water

Silicon

A tetravalent nonmetallic element; next to oxygen it is the most abundant element in the earth's crust; occurs in clay and feldspar and granite and quartz and sand; used as a semiconductor in transistors

Glass

Any of a large class of materials with highly variable mechanical and optical properties that solidify from the molten state without crystallization, are typically made by silicates fusing with boric oxide, aluminum oxide, or phosphorus pentoxide, are generally hard, brittle, and transparent or translucent, and are considered to be supercooled liquids rather than true solids.

Glass

A drinking vessel.

Glass

A mirror.

Glass

A barometer.

Glass

A window or windowpane.

Glass

The series of transparent plastic sheets that are secured vertically above the boards in many ice rinks.

Glass

Glasses A pair of lenses mounted in a light frame, used to correct faulty vision or protect the eyes.

Glass

Often glasses A binocular or field glass.

Glass

A device, such as a monocle or spyglass, containing a lens or lenses and used as an aid to vision.

Glass

The quantity contained by a drinking vessel; a glassful.

Glass

Objects made of glass; glassware.

Glass

Made or consisting of glass.

Glass

Fitted with panes of glass; glazed.

Glass

To enclose or encase with glass.

Glass

To put into a glass container.

Glass

To provide with glass or glass parts.

Glass

To make glassy; glaze.

Glass

To see reflected, as in a mirror.

Glass

To reflect.

Glass

To scan (a tract of land or forest, for example) with an optical instrument.

Glass

To become glassy.

Glass

To use an optical instrument, as in looking for game.

Glass

An amorphous solid, often transparent substance, usually made by melting silica sand with various additives (for most purposes, a mixture of soda, potash and lime is added).
The tabletop is made of glass.
A popular myth is that window glass is actually an extremely viscous liquid.

Glass

Any amorphous solid (one without a regular crystal lattice).
Metal glasses, unlike those based on silica, are electrically conductive, which can be either an advantage or a disadvantage, depending on the application.

Glass

(countable) A vessel from which one drinks, especially one made of glass, plastic, or similar translucent or semi-translucent material.
Fill my glass with milk, please.

Glass

(metonymically) The quantity of liquid contained in such a vessel.
There is half a glass of milk in each pound of chocolate we produce.

Glass

(uncountable) Glassware.
We collected art glass.

Glass

A mirror.
She adjusted her lipstick in the glass.

Glass

A magnifying glass or telescope.

Glass

(sport) A barrier made of solid, transparent material.

Glass

The backboard.
He caught the rebound off the glass.

Glass

(ice hockey) The clear, protective screen surrounding a hockey rink.
He fired the outlet pass off the glass.

Glass

A barometer.

Glass

Transparent or translucent.
Glass frog;
Glass shrimp;
Glass worm

Glass

(obsolete) An hourglass.

Glass

Lenses, considered collectively.
Her new camera was incompatible with her old one, so she needed to buy new glass.

Glass

A pane of glass; a window (especially of a coach or similar vehicle).

Glass

(transitive) To fit with glass; to glaze.

Glass

(transitive) To enclose in glass.

Glass

(transitive) fibreglass To fit, cover, fill, or build, with fibreglass-reinforced resin composite (fiberglass).

Glass

To strike (someone), particularly in the face, with a drinking glass with the intent of causing injury.

Glass

To bombard an area with such intensity (nuclear bomb, fusion bomb, etc) as to melt the landscape into glass.

Glass

(transitive) To view through an optical instrument such as binoculars.

Glass

(transitive) To smooth or polish (leather, etc.), by rubbing it with a glass burnisher.

Glass

To reflect; to mirror.

Glass

(transitive) To make glassy.

Glass

(intransitive) To become glassy.

Glass

A hard, brittle, translucent, and commonly transparent substance, white or colored, having a conchoidal fracture, and made by fusing together sand or silica with lime, potash, soda, or lead oxide. It is used for window panes and mirrors, for articles of table and culinary use, for lenses, and various articles of ornament.

Glass

Any substance having a peculiar glassy appearance, and a conchoidal fracture, and usually produced by fusion.

Glass

Anything made of glass.
She would not liveThe running of one glass.

Glass

A drinking vessel; a tumbler; a goblet; hence, the contents of such a vessel; especially; spirituous liquors; as, he took a glass at dinner.
Glass coaches are [allowed in English parks from which ordinary hacks are excluded], meaning by this term, which is never used in America, hired carriages that do not go on stands.

Glass

To reflect, as in a mirror; to mirror; - used reflexively.
Happy to glass themselves in such a mirror.
Where the Almighty's form glasses itself in tempests.

Glass

To case in glass.

Glass

To cover or furnish with glass; to glaze.

Glass

To smooth or polish anything, as leater, by rubbing it with a glass burnisher.

Glass

A brittle transparent solid with irregular atomic structure

Glass

A glass container for holding liquids while drinking

Glass

The quantity a glass will hold

Glass

A small refracting telescope

Glass

Amphetamine used in the form of a crystalline hydrochloride; used as a stimulant to the nervous system and as an appetite suppressant

Glass

A mirror; usually a ladies' dressing mirror

Glass

Glassware collectively;
She collected old glass

Glass

Furnish with glass;
Glass the windows

Glass

Scan (game in the forest) with binoculars

Glass

Enclose with glass;
Glass in a porch

Glass

Put in a glass container

Glass

Become glassy or take on a glass-like appearance;
Her eyes glaze over when she is bored

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