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Meaning of ENAMEL

Pronunciation:  i'namul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  any smooth glossy coating that resembles ceramic glaze
  2. [n]  a paint that dries to a hard glossy finish
  3. [n]  hard white substance covering the crown of a tooth
  4. [n]  a colored glassy compound (opaque or partially opaque) that is fused to the surface of metal or glass or pottery for decoration or protection
  5. [v]  coat, inlay, or surface with enamel

ENAMEL is a 6 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: tooth enamel
 See Also: adorn, beautify, chemical compound, coat, coating, compound, crown, decorate, embellish, fire, grace, nail enamel, nail polish, nail varnish, ornament, paint, solid body substance



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \En*am"el\, n. [Pref. en- + amel. See {Amel}, {Smelt}, v.
    1. A variety of glass, used in ornament, to cover a surface,
       as of metal or pottery, and admitting of after decoration
       in color, or used itself for inlaying or application in
       varied colors.
    2. (Min.) A glassy, opaque bead obtained by the blowpipe.
    3. That which is enameled; also, any smooth, glossy surface,
       resembling enamel, especially if variegated.
    4. (Anat.) The intensely hard calcified tissue entering into
       the composition of teeth. It merely covers the exposed
       parts of the teeth of man, but in many animals is
       intermixed in various ways with the dentine and cement.
    {Enamel painting}, painting with enamel colors upon a ground
       of metal, porcelain, or the like, the colors being
       afterwards fixed by fire.
    {Enamel paper}, paper glazed a metallic coating.
  2. \En*am"el\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Enameled}or {Enamelled};
    p. pr. & vb. n. {Enameling} or {Enamelling}.]
    1. To lay enamel upon; to decorate with enamel whether inlaid
       or painted.
    2. To variegate with colors as if with enamel.
             Oft he [the serpent]bowed His turret crest and sleek
             enameled neck.                        --Milton.
    3. To form a glossy surface like enamel upon; as, to enamel
       card paper; to enamel leather or cloth.
    4. To disguise with cosmetics, as a woman's complexion.
  3. \En*am"el\, v. i.
    To practice the art of enameling.
  4. \En*am"el\, a.
    Relating to the art of enameling; as, enamel painting.
  5. \En*am"el\, n.
    1. Any one of various preparations for giving a smooth,
       glossy surface like that of enamel.
    2. A cosmetic intended to give the appearance of a smooth and
       beautiful complexion.
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