the art, act, or work of a person who enamels. a decoration or coating of enamel.
Also especially British, e·nam·el·ling.
Origin of enameling
late Middle English
word dating back to 1400–50;
see origin at enamel
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), e·nam·eled, e·nam·el·ing or (especially British) e·nam·elled, e·nam·el·ling.
to inlay or overlay with enamel.
to form an enamellike surface upon: to enamel cardboard.
to decorate as with enamel; variegate with colors.
Origin of enamel
1275–1325; Middle English enamelenRelated formse·nam·el·er; especially British, e·nam·el·ler, noune·nam·el·ist; especially British, e·nam·el·list, noune·nam·el·work, nounun·e·nam·eled, adjectiveun·e·nam·elled, adjective
< Anglo-French enameler, enamailler,
equivalent to en- en-1
derivative of asmal, esmal
enamel, Old French esmail
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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Related Words for enamelinggild
Examples from the Web for enameling
Historical Examples of enameling
No amount of painting and enameling can restore its youthful bloom.
I went to one Mark Antonio, an incomparable artist in enameling.
The worst annoyance must be the enameling of ice our winter woods sometimes get.
This method leaves the cover to be decorated in some other way, either by embossing or by enameling or by both.
The edge of the tray or plate may be decorated either by piercing, embossing, etching, or enameling.
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
the hard white calcified substance that covers the crown of each tooth
- decorated or covered with enamelan enamel ring
- made with enamelenamel paste
verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled (tr)
Derived Formsenameller, enamellist, US enameler or enamelist, nounenamelwork, noun
to inlay, coat, or otherwise decorate with enamel
to ornament with glossy variegated colours, as if with enamel
to portray in enamel
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 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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
The hard, calcareous substance covering the exposed portion of a tooth.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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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.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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The hard, white substance that covers the crown of a tooth.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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