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[ih-nam-uh-ling] /ɪˈnæm ə lɪŋ/
the art, act, or work of a person who enamels.
a decoration or coating of enamel.
Also, especially British, enamelling.
Origin of enameling
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50; See origin at enamel, -ing1


[ih-nam-uh l] /ɪˈnæm əl/
a glassy substance, usually opaque, applied by fusion to the surface of metal, pottery, etc., as an ornament or for protection.
any of various varnishes, paints, coatings, etc., drying to a hard, glossy finish.
any enamellike surface with a bright luster.
an artistic work executed in enamel.
Dentistry. the hard, glossy, calcareous covering of the crown of a tooth, containing only a slight amount of organic substance.
verb (used with object), enameled, enameling or (especially British) enamelled, enamelling.
to inlay or overlay with enamel.
to form an enamellike surface upon:
to enamel cardboard.
to decorate as with enamel; variegate with colors.
1275-1325; Middle English enamelen < Anglo-French enameler, enamailler, equivalent to en- en-1 + -amaler, derivative of asmal, esmal enamel, Old French esmail (-al taken as the suffix -ail) < Old Low Franconian *smalt- something melted, cognate with German Schmalz fat; akin to smelt1; cf. smalto
Related forms
enameler; especially British, enameller, noun
enamelist; especially British, enamellist, noun
enamelwork, noun
unenameled, adjective
unenamelled, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for enameling
Historical Examples
  • The specialty of the place is the enameling of gold and silver upon iron.

  • No amount of painting and enameling can restore its youthful bloom.

    Bizarre Lawton Mackall
  • He was clever with a brush and soon acquired the knack of enameling and varnishing without leaving a sag or a brush mark.

    Plowing On Sunday Sterling North
  • I went to one Mark Antonio, an incomparable artist in enameling.

  • Guy smiled—he had never suspected that Wilfrid felt about the enameling as he himself did.

    In the Days of the Guild Louise Lamprey
  • The worst annoyance must be the enameling of ice our winter woods sometimes get.

    Birds and Poets John Burroughs
  • The salts are also used in porcelain painting and enameling and in staining glass.

  • The edge of the tray or plate may be decorated either by piercing, embossing, etching, or enameling.

    Copper Work Augustus F. Rose
  • This method leaves the cover to be decorated in some other way, either by embossing or by enameling or by both.

    Copper Work Augustus F. Rose
  • The process of making an enameled letter has four stages—stamping, enameling, firing, and filing.

British Dictionary definitions for enameling


a coloured glassy substance, translucent or opaque, fused to the surface of articles made of metal, glass, etc, for ornament or protection
an article or articles ornamented with enamel
an enamel-like paint or varnish
any smooth glossy coating resembling enamel
another word for nail polish
the hard white calcified substance that covers the crown of each tooth
  1. decorated or covered with enamel: an enamel ring
  2. made with enamel: enamel paste
verb (transitive) -els, -elling, -elled (US) -els, -eling, -eled
to inlay, coat, or otherwise decorate with enamel
to ornament with glossy variegated colours, as if with enamel
to portray in enamel
Derived Forms
enameller, enamellist, (US) enameler, enamelist, noun
enamelwork, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French esmail, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German smalz lard; see smelt1
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Word Origin and History for enameling



early 15c., from enamel (v.).



early 14c., from Anglo-French enamailler (early 14c.), from en- "in" (see en- (1)) + amailler "to enamel," variant of Old French esmailler, from esmal "enamel," from Frankish *smalt, from Proto-Germanic *smaltjan "to smelt" (see smelt (v.)). Related: Enameled; enameling.


early 15c., from enamel (v.).

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enameling in Medicine

enamel e·nam·el (ĭ-nām'əl)
The hard, calcareous substance covering the exposed portion of a tooth.

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enameling in Science
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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enameling in Culture

enamel definition

The hard, white substance that covers the crown of a tooth.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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