enamel

[ ih-nam-uh l ]
/ ɪˈnæm əl /

noun

verb (used with object), e·nam·eled, e·nam·el·ing or (especially British) e·nam·elled, e·nam·el·ling.


Nearby words

  1. enactment,
  2. enactory,
  3. enalapril,
  4. enalapril maleate,
  5. enallage,
  6. enamel cap,
  7. enamel crypt,
  8. enamel dysplasia,
  9. enamel germ,
  10. enamel layer

Origin of enamel

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

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British Dictionary definitions for enamel

enamel

/ (ɪˈnæməl) /

noun

verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled (tr)

Derived Formsenameller, enamellist, US enameler or enamelist, nounenamelwork, noun

Word Origin for enamel

C15: from Old French esmail, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German smalz lard; see smelt 1

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Word Origin and History for enamel
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Medicine definitions for enamel

enamel

[ ĭ-năməl ]

n.

The hard, calcareous substance covering the exposed portion of a tooth.

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Science definitions for enamel

enamel

[ ĭ-năməl ]

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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Culture definitions for enamel

enamel

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

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