enamel[e nam′əl, i-]
An enamel teapot.
- The definition of an enamel is a smooth and glossy covering.
- An example of enamel is a smooth, shiny painted surface on metal.
- An example of enamel is the outside surface of a tooth.
- Enamel is defined as to put a glossy coating on something.
An example of enamel is to put a hard, glossy paint on a surface.
- a glassy, colored, opaque substance fused to surfaces of metals, glass, and pottery as an ornamental or protective coating
- any smooth, hard, glossy coating or surface like enamel
- the hard, white, glossy coating of the crown of a tooth
- anything enameled; enameled ware or a piece of jewelry, etc. produced in enamel
- paint that produces a smooth, hard, glossy surface when it dries
Origin of enamelMiddle English ; from the verb
transitive verbenameled or enamelled, enameling or enamelling
- to inlay or cover with enamel
- to decorate in various colors, as if with enamel
- to form an enamel-like surface on
Origin of enamelME enamelen < Anglo-Fr enamayller < en- (see en-) + amayl < OFr esmail, enamel < Gmc *smalts, a glaze, melted substance: for IE base see smelt
- A vitreous, usually opaque, protective or decorative coating baked on metal, glass, or ceramic ware.
- An object having such a coating, as in a piece of cloisonné.
- A coating that dries to a hard glossy finish: nail enamel.
- A paint that dries to a hard glossy finish.
- Anatomy The hard, calcareous substance covering the exposed portion of a tooth.
transitive verbe·nam·eled, e·nam·el·ing, e·nam·els or e·nam·elled or e·nam·el·ling
- To coat, inlay, or decorate with enamel.
- To give a glossy or brilliant surface to.
- To adorn with a brightly colored surface.
Origin of enamelFrom Middle English enamelen, to put on enamel, from Anglo-Norman enamailler : en-, on (from Old French; see en–1) + amail, enamel (from Old French esmail, of Germanic origin; see mel-1 in Indo-European roots).
- e·nam′el·er, e·nam′el·ist
(countable and uncountable, plural enamels)