[ gleyz ]
/ gleɪz /

verb (used with object), glazed, glaz·ing.

verb (used without object), glazed, glaz·ing.

to become glazed or glassy: Their eyes glazed over as the lecturer droned on.
(of a grinding wheel) to lose abrasive quality through polishing of the surface from wear.


Nearby words

  1. glaucous,
  2. glaucous gull,
  3. glaucously,
  4. glaur,
  5. glave,
  6. glaze ice,
  7. glazed,
  8. glazement,
  9. glazer,
  10. glazier

Origin of glaze

1325–75; Middle English glasen, derivative of glas glass

Related formsglaz·i·ly, adverbglaz·i·ness, nounre·glaze, verb (used with object), re·glazed, re·glaz·ing.sem·i·glaze, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for glaze ice

glaze ice

glazed frost


British a thin clear layer of ice caused by the freezing of rain or water droplets in the air on impact with a cool surface or by refreezing after a thawAlso called: silver frost US term: glaze


/ (ɡleɪz) /



Derived Formsglazed, adjectiveglazer, nounglazy, adjective

Word Origin for glaze

C14 glasen, from glas glass

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Word Origin and History for glaze ice



mid-14c., glasen "to fit with glass," from glas (see glass), probably influenced by glazier. Noun sense of "substance used to make a glossy coating" is first attested 1784; in reference to ice, from 1752. Related: Glazed; glazing.

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