Enamel meaning

ĭ-năməl
A vitreous, usually opaque, protective or decorative coating baked on metal, glass, or ceramic ware.
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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.

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An object having such a coating, as in a piece of cloisonné.
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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.

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A coating that dries to a hard glossy finish.

Nail enamel.

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A paint that dries to a hard glossy finish.
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(anatomy) The hard, calcareous substance covering the exposed portion of a tooth.
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To coat, inlay, or decorate with enamel.
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To give a glossy or brilliant surface to.
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To adorn with a brightly colored surface.
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A glassy, colored, opaque substance fused to surfaces of metals, glass, and pottery as an ornamental or protective coating.
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Any smooth, hard, glossy coating or surface like enamel.
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The hard, white, glossy coating of the crown of a tooth.
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Anything enameled; enameled ware or a piece of jewelry, etc. produced in enamel.
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Paint that produces a smooth, hard, glossy surface when it dries.
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To inlay or cover with enamel.
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To decorate in various colors, as if with enamel.
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To form an enamel-like surface on.
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(anatomy) The hard, calcareous substance covering the exposed portion of a tooth.
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The hard, translucent substance covering the exposed portion of a tooth in mammals. Enamel is the hardest substance in the body, and consists mostly of calcium salts.
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An opaque, glassy coating baked onto metal or ceramic objects.
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A coating that dries to a hard, glossy finish.
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The hard covering on the exposed part of a tooth.
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To coat or decorate with enamel.
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To variegate with colours, as if with enamel.
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To form a glossy surface like enamel upon.

To enamel card paper; to enamel leather or cloth.

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To disguise with cosmetics, as a woman's complexion.
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Origin of enamel

  • From Middle English enamelen to put on enamel from Anglo-Norman enamailler en- on (from Old French en–1) amail enamel (from Old French esmail) (of Germanic origin mel-1 in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Anglo-Norman enamailler, from en- (“in-”)+ amailler (“to enamel”), variant of Old French esmailler (“to enamel”), from esmal (“enamel”), from Frankish *smalt, from Proto-Germanic *smaltjan (“to smelt”). Compare German schmelzen, Danish smelte (“to melt”).

    From Wiktionary