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.
to inlay or overlay with enamel.
to form an enamellike surface upon: to enamel cardboard.
to decorate as with enamel; variegate with colors.
- e·nam·el·er; especially British, e·nam·el·ler, noun
- e·nam·el·ist; especially British, e·nam·el·list, noun
- e·nam·el·work, noun
- un·e·nam·eled, adjective
- un·e·nam·elled, adjective
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How to use enamel in a sentence
The bacteria ferment those things, creating natural acids that start to dissolve the tooth enamel, similar to how water combines with carbon dioxide to dissolve limestone in a cave.
This lowers the pH in your mouth and can cause enamel demineralization, a precursor to cavities.Brush up on how to care for your teeth with these tips from dentists | Allyson Chiu | June 17, 2021 | Washington Post
Like the gap left behind after losing a tooth — the ragged, sore space in your mouth always felt larger than the tiny bit of enamel that fell out.The spellbinding ‘Revival Season’ makes Monica West an author to watch | Naomi Jackson | May 28, 2021 | Washington Post
Examination of layers of enamel in fossil teeth shows that early hominids were getting their first molar at age 3, twice as fast as us.
Anyone who had lead in childhood tooth enamel was almost certainly born locally.
Eventually, the fire sale extended to his personal belongings—including a $20 enamel teapot.
The chicken was cut into large chunks and all the blood from both birds sat in a dirty old enamel jug.Two Chickens, an Old Guitar, and a Group of Strangers: A Life-Changing Feast in Brazil | Annabel Langbein | November 29, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Fortunately, childhood is protected by a resisting candour, by an enamel over which all impurities glide.The Nabob | Alphonse Daudet
The room was large, high-domed; the walls covered with gold and colored enamel in fantastic arabesques.God Wills It! | William Stearns Davis
Grisel took a little silver and enamel cigarette box out of her pocket and put it on the table.Happy House | Betsey Riddle, Freifrau von Hutten zum Stolzenberg
Years and etiquette combined have led her Majesty to the thraldom of the rouge and enamel pot.The Onlooker, Volume 1, Part 2 | Various
He shrugged, reached into the desk for a box of Jaipur brass enamel and took from it a medal attached to a ribbon.The Adventures of Kathlyn | Harold MacGrath
British Dictionary definitions for enamel
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
decorated or covered with enamel: an enamel ring
made with enamel: enamel paste
to inlay, coat, or otherwise decorate with enamel
to ornament with glossy variegated colours, as if with enamel
to portray in enamel
- enameller, enamellist, US enameler or enamelist, noun
- enamelwork, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Scientific definitions for enamel
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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