from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A vitreous, usually opaque, protective or decorative coating baked on metal, glass, or ceramic ware.
- n. An object having such a coating, as in a piece of cloisonné.
- n. A coating that dries to a hard glossy finish: nail enamel.
- n. A paint that dries to a hard glossy finish.
- n. Anatomy The hard, calcareous substance covering the exposed portion of a tooth.
- transitive v. To coat, inlay, or decorate with enamel.
- transitive v. To give a glossy or brilliant surface to.
- transitive v. To adorn with a brightly colored surface.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An opaque, glassy coating baked onto metal or ceramic objects.
- n. A coating that dries to a hard, glossy finish.
- n. The hard covering on the exposed part of a tooth.
- v. to coat or decorate something with enamel
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A variety of glass, used in ornament, to cover a surface, as of metal or pottery, and admitting of after decoration in color, or used itself for inlaying or application in varied colors.
- n. A glassy, opaque bead obtained by the blowpipe.
- n. That which is enameled; also, any smooth, glossy surface, resembling enamel, especially if variegated.
- n. The intensely hard calcified tissue entering into the composition of teeth. It merely covers the exposed parts of the teeth of man, but in many animals is intermixed in various ways with the dentine and cement.
- n. Any one of various preparations for giving a smooth, glossy surface like that of enamel.
- n. A cosmetic intended to give the appearance of a smooth and beautiful complexion.
- transitive v. To lay enamel upon; to decorate with enamel whether inlaid or painted.
- transitive v. To variegate with colors as if with enamel.
- transitive v. To form a glossy surface like enamel upon
- transitive v. To disguise with cosmetics, as a woman's complexion.
- intransitive v. To practice the art of enameling.
- adj. Relating to the art of enameling.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In ceramics, a vitrified substance, either transparent or opaque, applied as a coating to pottery and porcelain of many kinds.
- n. In the fine arts, a vitreous substance or glass, opaque or transparent, and variously colored, applied as a coating on a surface of metal or of porcelain (see def. 1) for purposes of decoration.
- n. Enamel-work: a piece or sort of work whose chief decorative quality lies iu the enamel itself: as, a fine piece of cloisonné enamel; a specimen of enamel à jour.
- n. Any smooth, glossy surface resembling enamel, but produced by means of varnish or lacquer, or in some other way not involving vitrification: as, the enamel of enameled leather, paper, slate, etc.
- n. In anatomy, the hardest part of a tooth; the very dense, smooth, glistening substance which crowns a tooth or coats a part of its surface: distinguished from dentin and from cement.
- n. Figuratively, gloss; polish.
- n. In cosmetics, a coating applied to the skin, giving the appearance of a beautiful complexion.
- To lay enamel upon; cover or decorate with enamel.
- To form a glossy surface like enamel upon: as, to enamel cardboard; specifically, to use an enamel upon the skin.
- To variegate or adorn with different colors.
- To practise the use of enamel or the art of enameling.
- n. The firm white substance which covers the bony scales of some ganoid fishes.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any smooth glossy coating that resembles ceramic glaze
- n. a colored glassy compound (opaque or partially opaque) that is fused to the surface of metal or glass or pottery for decoration or protection
- n. a paint that dries to a hard glossy finish
- v. coat, inlay, or surface with enamel
- n. hard white substance covering the crown of a tooth
From Middle English enamelen, to put on enamel, from Anglo-Norman enamailler : en-, on (from Old French, of Germanic origin).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)