1) An abrasive paper sheet. Glass paper is prepared by coating one side of a heavy paper with powdered glass particles that have been sieved and graded to varying grits. Glass paper is different from sandpaper, which is made from sand or flint. Glass paper is used for smoothing wood or leather.
2) A nonwoven fabric prepared from glass fibers. It is used as a reinforcing material in polymer matrices and as a flame resistant fabric.
Synonyms and Related Terms
papier de verre (Fr.); lixa de vidro (Port.)
Sources Checked for Data in Record
- Matt Roberts, Don Etherington, Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: a Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington DC, 1982
- The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998
- Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997