- 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.
Origin of enamel
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Examples from the Web for enamelled
Yet, gazing into the bright, enamelled eyes of Dr. Semple, I knew it was true.The Floating Island of Madness
It is bound in gold and enamelled, said to be the workmanship of George Heriot.The Book-Hunter in London
She was not my nurse; she was the enamelled blonde receptionist.Highways in Hiding
George Oliver Smith
A slender gold chain, broken, dangled from its enamelled bow.The Dop Doctor
Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
Morley turned over the enamelled cross and examined it carefully.A Coin of Edward VII
- 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 enamelan enamel ring
- made with enamelenamel paste
- to inlay, coat, or otherwise decorate with enamel
- to ornament with glossy variegated colours, as if with enamel
- to portray in 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 enamelled
early 15c., from enamel (v.).
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- The hard, calcareous substance covering the exposed portion of a tooth.
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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.
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