enamelling

enamel

[ih-nam-uhl]
noun
1.
a glassy substance, usually opaque, applied by fusion to the surface of metal, pottery, etc., as an ornament or for protection.
3.
any of various varnishes, paints, coatings, etc., drying to a hard, glossy finish.
4.
any enamellike surface with a bright luster.
5.
an artistic work executed in enamel.
6.
Dentistry. the hard, glossy, calcareous covering of the crown of a tooth, containing only a slight amount of organic substance. See diag. under tooth.
verb (used with object), enameled, enameling or (especially British) enamelled, enamelling.
7.
to inlay or overlay with enamel.
8.
to form an enamellike surface upon: to enamel cardboard.
9.
to decorate as with enamel; variegate with colors.

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English enamelen < Anglo-French enameler, enamailler, equivalent to en- en-1 + -amaler, derivative of asmal, esmal enamel, Old French esmail (-al taken as the suffix -ail) < Old Low Franconian *smalt- something melted, cognate with German Schmalz fat; akin to smelt1; cf. smalto

enameler; especially British, enameller, noun
enamelist; especially British, enamellist, noun
enamelwork, noun
unenameled, adjective
unenamelled, adjective
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enamel (ɪˈnæməl)
 
n
1.  a coloured glassy substance, translucent or opaque, fused to the surface of articles made of metal, glass, etc, for ornament or protection
2.  an article or articles ornamented with enamel
3.  an enamel-like paint or varnish
4.  any smooth glossy coating resembling enamel
5.  another word for nail polish
6.  the hard white calcified substance that covers the crown of each tooth
7.  (modifier)
 a.  decorated or covered with enamel: an enamel ring
 b.  made with enamel: enamel paste
 
vb , -els, -elling, -elled, -els, -eling, -eled
8.  to inlay, coat, or otherwise decorate with enamel
9.  to ornament with glossy variegated colours, as if with enamel
10.  to portray in enamel
 
[C15: from Old French esmail, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German smalz lard; see smelt1]
 
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e'namellist
 
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e'nameler
 
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e'namelist
 
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e'namelwork
 
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enamel
early 14c., from Anglo-Fr. enamailler, from en- "in" + amailler "to enamel," variant of O.Fr. esmailler, from esmail "enamel," from Frank. *smalt, from P.Gmc. *smaltjan "to smelt." Related: Enameled; enameling.
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enamel e·nam·el (ĭ-nām'əl)
n.
The hard, calcareous substance covering the exposed portion of a tooth.

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enamel   (ĭ-nām'əl)  Pronunciation Key 
The hard, translucent substance covering the exposed portion of a tooth in mammals. Enamel is the hardest substance in the body, and consists mostly of calcium salts.
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enamel definition


The hard, white substance that covers the crown of a tooth.

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