AskDefine | Define enamel

Dictionary Definition



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

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. an opaque, glassy coating baked onto metal or ceramic objects
  2. a coating that dries to a hard, glossy finish
  3. the hard covering on the exposed part of a tooth


opaque, glassy coating baked onto metal or ceramic objects
covering on the tooth


  1. to coat or decorate something with enamel

Usage notes

enamelling and enamelled chiefly British.


to enamel

Extensive Definition

Enamel may refer to:
enamel in Danish: Emalje
enamel in Spanish: Esmalte (desambiguación)
enamel in French: Émail
enamel in Hebrew: אמייל

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

apply paint, bedaub, bedizen, begild, besmear, brush on paint, butter, calcimine, china, clay, coat, coating, color, complexion, cover, dab, daub, deep-dye, dip, distemper, double-dye, dye, emblazon, engild, face, facing, fast-dye, film, fresco, fur, gild, glaze, gloss, grain, hue, illuminate, imbue, ingrain, japan, lacquer, lay on, lay on color, paint, parget, pellicle, pigment, porcelain, prime, refractory, revetment, scale, scum, shade, shadow, shellac, skin, slap on, slather, slop on paint, smear, smear on, spread on, spread with, stain, stipple, tar, tinct, tincture, tinge, tint, tone, undercoat, varnish, veneer, wash, whitewash
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