the act of furnishing or fitting with glass; the business or work of a glazier.
panes or sheets of glass set or made to be set in frames, as in windows, doors, or mirrors.
the act of applying a glaze.
the glassy surface of something glazed.

Origin of glazing

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; see origin at glaze, -ing1
Related formsself-glaz·ing, adjective



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

to furnish or fill with glass: to glaze a window.
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.
to cover with a smooth, glossy surface or coating.
Cookery. to coat (a food) with sugar, a sugar syrup, or some other glossy, edible substance.
Fine Arts. to cover (a painted surface or parts of it) with a thin layer of transparent color in order to modify the tone.
to give a glassy surface to, as by polishing.
to give a coating of ice to (frozen food) by dipping in water.
to grind (cutlery blades) in preparation for finishing.

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.


a smooth, glossy surface or coating.
the substance for producing such a coating.
  1. a vitreous layer or coating on a piece of pottery.
  2. the substance of which such a layer or coating is made.
Fine Arts. a thin layer of transparent color spread over a painted surface.
a smooth, lustrous surface on certain fabrics, produced by treating the material with a chemical and calendering.
  1. a substance used to coat a food, especially sugar or sugar syrup.
  2. stock cooked down to a thin paste for applying to the surface of meats.
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 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

Examples from the Web for glazing

Historical Examples of glazing

  • Glaze is used for enriching gravies and soups, and for glazing meat.

    The Skilful Cook

    Mary Harrison

  • But her glazing eyes gazed up at Lee, and she was trying to smile.

    The World Beyond

    Raymond King Cummings

  • He stood over the ape, staring intently at his glazing eyes.

    The Mind Master

    Arthur J. Burks

  • An instant gleam as of recognition hovers in the glazing eyes.

    A War-Time Wooing

    Charles King

  • This glazing is quite hard, and breaks up into angular pieces.

    Our Common Insects

    Alpheus Spring Packard

British Dictionary definitions for glazing



the surface of a glazed object
glass fitted, or to be fitted, in a door, frame, etc



(tr) to fit or cover with glass
(tr) ceramics to cover with a vitreous solution, rendering impervious to liquid and smooth to the touch
(tr) to cover (a painting) with a layer of semitransparent colour to modify the tones
(tr) to cover (foods) with a shiny coating by applying beaten egg, sugar, etc
(tr) to make glossy or shiny
(when intr, often foll by over) to become or cause to become glassyhis eyes were glazing over


  1. a vitreous or glossy coating
  2. the substance used to produce such a coating
a semitransparent coating applied to a painting to modify the tones
a smooth lustrous finish on a fabric produced by applying various chemicals
something used to give a glossy surface to foodsa syrup glaze
Derived Formsglazed, adjectiveglazer, nounglazy, adjective

Word Origin for glaze

C14 glasen, from glas glass
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Word Origin and History for glazing



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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