- 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.
- 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.
- a vitreous layer or coating on a piece of pottery.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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- (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
- a vitreous or glossy coating
- 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
Word Origin for glaze
C14 glasen, from glas glass
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