Definition of porcelain
1 : a hard, fine-grained, sonorous, nonporous, and usually translucent and white ceramic ware that consists essentially of kaolin, quartz, and a feldspathic rock and is fired at a high temperature —called also hard-paste porcelain, true porcelain
porcelainlikeplay \-ˌlīk\ adjective
porcellaneousplay \ˌpȯr-sə-ˈlā-nē-əs\ adjective
Examples of porcelain in a Sentence
The bowl is made of porcelain.
Recent Examples of porcelain from the Web
Oakwood and porcelain floors are found throughout the home.
The porcelain seeds, previously exhibited at the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern, are now part of a new artwork by IOCOSE.
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Origin and Etymology of porcelain
PORCELAIN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of porcelain for English Language Learners
: a hard, white substance that is very delicate and that is made by baking clay
PORCELAIN Defined for Kids
Definition of porcelain for Students
: a hard white product of baked clay used especially for dishes, tile, and decorative objects
Medical Definition of porcelain
: a hard, fine-grained, nonporous, and usually translucent and white ceramic ware that consists essentially of kaolin, quartz, and feldspar and that has many uses in dentistry
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