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Glasin, Glaisin, a. Also: glasyn, -en, -ine, -yng, glaising, glaissin. [e.m.E. glazen, glasen, ME. glasen, OE. glæsen, f. glæs Glas n. Cf. Glassin a.] Made of glass; fitted with glass. (Most freq. used of windows.)(1) 1549 Compl. 148/4.
The armys that … is payntit on ȝour wallis and in ȝour glasyn vindois
1589 Glasgow B. Rec. I. 144.
For … breking doune of ane glasin windo within the hous of … Archibald Craufurd
1588 Liber Dryburgh 328.
Upholding of the Kirk in thak & glasin windois and watterticht
1620 Ellon Presb. 106.
The glasin windois being brokin and down war ordaineit to be glassit of new
1641 Elgin Kirk S. 236.
For … upholding the glasen windowes of the kirk
1648 S. Leith Rec. I. 81.
To make mend and repair all the glasine windows in our Church
(b) 1565–6 Edinb. Old Acc. I. 508.
For mending and reparing of the glaissin wyndok of the Tolbuyth
1585 Treas. Acc. MS. 54 b.
Irnis and flawis to put vp the glaissin windokis
1633 Black Bk. Taymouth 389.
For breaking of the glaisin windowis … and melting of the leid of them to be quhorles
(c) 1535 M. Works Acc. IV. 74.
Twa caddall nalis … to the gret glaising windois
a1586 Maitland Geneal. Setoun 32.
He theikit the queir with staine and repairit the samyn with glaising windois
(2) 1542 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 180.
To mend and vphald the glasinwark of thair windois of thair parroche kirk of Abirdene
1683 Inverness Presb. 115.
The hail glasen wark and windoues of the manse
(3) 1618 Lithgow Poet. Rem. 37.
And more, sweet citie, thou didst feast thy prince, Within a glasen house
1637 Edinb. Test. LVIII. 65 b.
Fyve glasine trincheouris

b. In the phrase to make to one a glasine how (ME. a 1300): to mock, delude. a1400 Leg. S. xxxviii. 228.
Thu did nocht ellis, I se now, Bot to god mad a clasine [sic] how

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