enamel

verb
enam·​el | \i-ˈna-məl \
enameled or enamelled; enameling or enamelling\i-​ˈnam-​liŋ, -​ˈna-​mə-​ \

Definition of enamel 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to cover, inlay, or decorate with enamel

2 : to beautify with a colorful surface

3 : to form a glossy surface on (a material, such as paper, leather, or cloth)

enamel

noun

Definition of enamel (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a usually opaque vitreous composition applied by fusion to the surface of metal, glass, or pottery

2 : a surface or outer covering that resembles enamel

3a : something that is enameled

b : enamelware

4 : a cosmetic intended to give a smooth or glossy appearance

5 : a hard calcareous substance that forms a thin layer capping the teeth — see tooth illustration

6 : a paint that flows out to a smooth coat when applied and that dries with a glossy appearance

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Other Words from enamel

Verb

enameler noun
enamelist \i-​ˈna-​mə-​list \ noun

Examples of enamel in a Sentence

Noun

The tea set is decorated with enamel. an artist who works with enamels The museum has a fine collection of enamels.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The freestanding bathtub is made by Agape, based in Mantua, Italy, and is available in two sizes—standard and small—and two finishes: all white or with a white interior and enameled dark exterior. Karen Bruno, WSJ, "Homeowners Discover (Again) the Luxury of Soaking Tubs," 14 June 2018 The first, second and third bases shall be canvas bags painted white and filled with sand or sawdust, the home base and pitchers point to be each marked by a flat circular iron plate painted or enamelled white. Michael E. Ruane, Washington Post, "The long-lost ‘Laws of Base Ball,’ and one fan’s outsize bid to get them," 18 May 2018 For picnics and road trips, these stackable enameled stainless steel bowls are portability at its chicest. Zoë Sessums, Bon Appetit, "The Best Kitchen Products to Buy at Anthropologie’s Spring Sale," 6 Apr. 2018 Le Creuset’s classic enameled cast iron Dutch ovens are great for braises, baking bread, and even weeknight pasta. Melissa Minton, Bon Appetit, "Le Creuset to Release New 7-Piece Stainless Steel Collection," 15 Mar. 2018 Photo: Brett Beyer Photography for Bis Bis (2) CRACKLED Lisa Nemrow, a principal of Un-Gyve Group, Boston, uses enameled lava for its durability and stain resistance. Nancy Keates, WSJ, "The Versatile Volcanic Rock That’s Showing Up in Home Décor," 8 Mar. 2018 The new Clover Cocotte is made with Le Creuset's signature enameled cast iron, which is great for retaining and dispersing heat throughout the whole pot while cooking. Madison Alcedo, Country Living, "Le Creuset Just Released a Clover-Shaped Dutch Oven for St. Patrick's Day," 6 Feb. 2018 Prices: Custom enameled basins, $5,000 to $15,000; tiles, $50 to 100 per square foot; countertops, $200 to $400 per square foot, all from Bis Bis, a division of the Un-Gyve Group. Nancy Keates, WSJ, "The Versatile Volcanic Rock That’s Showing Up in Home Décor," 8 Mar. 2018 Terry leans his long frame over the white enameled counter and shares his dreams and delights with the customers. Debbi Snook, cleveland.com, "Ora Bell's: Southern food stand joins Cleveland's West Side Market (photos, video)," 1 Nov. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Payre 336's tooth enamel didn't show any clear patterns of barium levels. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Neanderthal teeth reveal lead exposure and difficult winters," 31 Oct. 2018 Unlike genetic material, tooth enamel is generally impervious to degradation after death. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "When Farmers and Foragers First Met," 24 Oct. 2018 It is made of gold, enamel, diamonds, and other gems. Emily Selter, Town & Country, "Meet the Man Who Took Care of Elizabeth Taylor's Jewels," 21 May 2015 Next up, the acids in plaque attack minerals in the protective, hard enamel surface of your teeth, which leads to holes, the Mayo Clinic explains. Korin Miller, SELF, "Is It Actually Possible to Get Rid of Cavities Without Fillings?," 17 Oct. 2018 Nursing often leaves higher levels of barium in a child's tooth enamel. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Neanderthal teeth reveal lead exposure and difficult winters," 31 Oct. 2018 Scientists can determine migration patterns by measuring strontium isotope ratios in tooth enamel, which forms in early childhood. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "When Farmers and Foragers First Met," 24 Oct. 2018 Paint and Gasoline Most automotive paint used in the aftermarket is solvent-based, either enamel or lacquer. Mike Allen, Popular Mechanics, "How to Dispose of Hazardous Waste Without Damaging the Environment," 9 Oct. 2018 The artifacts, which date from the 17th Century, are made of gold and enamel and encrusted with beads, crystals and pearls. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Swedish crown jewels stolen from 900-year-old church by speedboat-driving thieves," 1 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of enamel

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for enamel

Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French enameller, from en- + asmal, esmal enamel, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German smelzan to melt — more at smelt

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enamel

noun

English Language Learners Definition of enamel

: a material like colored glass that is heated until it is liquid and then used to decorate the surface of metal, glass, or pottery

: something decorated with enamel

: the very hard outer layer of a tooth

enamel

verb
enam·​el | \i-ˈna-məl \
enameled or enamelled; enameling or enamelling

Kids Definition of enamel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to cover or decorate with a smooth hard glossy coating enamel a pot

enamel

noun

Kids Definition of enamel (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a glassy substance used to coat the surface of metal, glass, and pottery

2 : the hard outer surface of the teeth

3 : a paint that dries to form a hard glossy coat

enamel

noun
enam·​el | \in-ˈam-əl \

Medical Definition of enamel 

: the intensely hard calcareous substance that forms a thin layer partly covering the teeth of many vertebrates including humans, is the hardest substance of the animal body, and consists of minute prisms secreted by ameloblasts, arranged at right angles to the surface, and bound together by a cement substance — compare cementum, dentin

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