[ gleyz ]
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verb (used with object),glazed, glaz·ing.
  1. to furnish or fill with glass: to glaze a window.

  2. to give a vitreous surface or coating to (a ceramic or the like), as by the application of a substance or by fusion of the body.

  1. to cover with a smooth, glossy surface or coating.

  2. Cooking. to coat (a food) with sugar, a sugar syrup, or some other glossy, edible substance.

  3. Fine Arts. to cover (a painted surface or parts of it) with a thin layer of transparent color in order to modify the tone.

  4. to give a glassy surface to, as by polishing.

  5. to give a coating of ice to (frozen food) by dipping in water.

  6. to grind (cutlery blades) in preparation for finishing.

verb (used without object),glazed, glaz·ing.
  1. to become glazed or glassy: Their eyes glazed over as the lecturer droned on.

  2. (of a grinding wheel) to lose abrasive quality through polishing of the surface from wear.

  1. a smooth, glossy surface or coating.

  2. the substance for producing such a coating.

  1. Ceramics.

    • a vitreous layer or coating on a piece of pottery.

    • the substance of which such a layer or coating is made.

  2. Fine Arts. a thin layer of transparent color spread over a painted surface.

  3. a smooth, lustrous surface on certain fabrics, produced by treating the material with a chemical and calendering.

  4. Cooking.

    • a substance used to coat a food, especially sugar or sugar syrup.

    • stock cooked down to a thin paste for applying to the surface of meats.

  5. Also called glaze ice, silver frost, silver thaw, verglas; especially British, glazed frost . a thin coating of ice on terrestrial objects, caused by rain that freezes on impact.: Compare rime1 (def. 1).

Origin of glaze

1325–75; Middle English glasen, derivative of glasglass

Other words from glaze

  • glaz·i·ly, adverb
  • glaz·i·ness, noun
  • re·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. 2023

How to use glaze in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for glaze


/ (ɡleɪz) /

  1. (tr) to fit or cover with glass

  2. (tr) ceramics to cover with a vitreous solution, rendering impervious to liquid and smooth to the touch

  1. (tr) to cover (a painting) with a layer of semitransparent colour to modify the tones

  2. (tr) to cover (foods) with a shiny coating by applying beaten egg, sugar, etc

  3. (tr) to make glossy or shiny

  4. (when intr, often foll by over) to become or cause to become glassy: his eyes were glazing over

  1. ceramics

    • a vitreous or glossy coating

    • the substance used to produce such a coating

  2. a semitransparent coating applied to a painting to modify the tones

  1. a smooth lustrous finish on a fabric produced by applying various chemicals

  2. something used to give a glossy surface to foods: a syrup glaze

Origin of glaze

C14 glasen, from glas glass

Derived forms of glaze

  • glazed, adjective
  • glazer, noun
  • glazy, adjective

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