[glaz-nost, glahz‐; Russian glahs-nuh st] /ˈglæz nɒst, ˈglɑz‐; Russian ˈglɑs nəst/
the declared public policy within the Soviet Union of openly and frankly discussing economic and political realities: initiated under Mikhail Gorbachev in 1985.
the policy of public frankness and accountability developed in the former Soviet Union under the leadership of Mikhailgorbachev
1972 (in reference to a letter of 1969 by Solzhenitsyn), from Russian glasnost “openness to public scrutiny,” literally “publicity, fact of being public,” ultimately from Old Church Slavonic glasu “voice” (see call). First used in a socio-political sense by Lenin; popularized in English after Mikhail Gorbachev used it prominently in a speech of March 11, 1985, accepting the post of general secretary of the CPSU.
The Soviets, it seems, have rediscovered the value of Lenin’s dictum that “glasnost,” the Russian word for openness or publicity, is a desirable form of conduct. [New York Times news service article, March 1981]
glasnost [(glahs-nuhst, glas-nost, glaz-nost)]
A Russian word meaning “openness,” which describes the policy of Mikhail Gorbachev, premier of the former Soviet Union. The term refers to a general loosening of government control on all aspects of life in the Soviet Union, even to the point of permitting criticism of government policies.
[glas-pel] /ˈglæs pɛl/ noun 1. Susan, 1882–1948, U.S. novelist and dramatist.
[glas-fawlt, glahs- or, esp. British, -falt] /ˈglæs fɔlt, ˈglɑs- or, esp. British, -fælt/ noun 1. a road-surfacing material composed of asphalt and crushed glass.
[glas, glahs] /glæs, glɑs/ noun 1. a hard, brittle, noncrystalline, more or less transparent substance produced by fusion, usually consisting of mutually dissolved silica and silicates that also contain soda and lime, as in the ordinary variety used for windows and bottles. 2. any artificial or natural substance having similar properties and composition, as fused […]
noun 1. a translucent, hollow or solid block of glass for glazing openings or constructing partitions, usually square on the face, with the outer surfaces treated in any of various ways.