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glaze

[gleyz] /gleɪz/
verb (used with object), glazed, glazing.
1.
to furnish or fill with glass:
to glaze a window.
2.
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.
3.
to cover with a smooth, glossy surface or coating.
4.
Cookery. to coat (a food) with sugar, a sugar syrup, or some other glossy, edible substance.
5.
Fine Arts. to cover (a painted surface or parts of it) with a thin layer of transparent color in order to modify the tone.
6.
to give a glassy surface to, as by polishing.
7.
to give a coating of ice to (frozen food) by dipping in water.
8.
to grind (cutlery blades) in preparation for finishing.
verb (used without object), glazed, glazing.
9.
to become glazed or glassy:
Their eyes glazed over as the lecturer droned on.
10.
(of a grinding wheel) to lose abrasive quality through polishing of the surface from wear.
noun
11.
a smooth, glossy surface or coating.
12.
the substance for producing such a coating.
13.
Ceramics.
  1. a vitreous layer or coating on a piece of pottery.
  2. the substance of which such a layer or coating is made.
14.
Fine Arts. a thin layer of transparent color spread over a painted surface.
15.
a smooth, lustrous surface on certain fabrics, produced by treating the material with a chemical and calendering.
16.
Cookery.
  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.
17.
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
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English glasen, derivative of glas glass
Related forms
glazily, adverb
glaziness, noun
reglaze, verb (used with object), reglazed, reglazing.
semiglaze, noun
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Examples for glaze
  • My eyes started to glaze over after the first couple of dozen comments.
  • They can be used as a spread or as the basis for a meat glaze.
  • Though some are marked with splashes and smudges of glaze, all have an endearing freshness and even joy.
  • Earthenware pottery is covered with a white tin glaze, which is then decorated with pigments before the white glaze is fired.
  • We prepare potatoes browned in a sugar-and-butter glaze and served with heavy gravy.
  • Maiolica is another name for tin-glazed earthenware, made by bathing clay vessels in a glaze that incorporates tin oxides.
  • glaze poisoning occurs when someone swallows these substances.
  • Add half of the aromatics in the sieve back into the glaze and stir.
  • Lemon tarts sparkle from every pastry shop window, but tarts with sparkle that's more than glaze-deep are rare.
  • For a deeper flavor, use a few spoonfuls of meat glaze to enrich the sauce.
British Dictionary definitions for glaze

glaze

/ɡleɪz/
verb
1.
(transitive) to fit or cover with glass
2.
(transitive) (ceramics) to cover with a vitreous solution, rendering impervious to liquid and smooth to the touch
3.
(transitive) to cover (a painting) with a layer of semitransparent colour to modify the tones
4.
(transitive) to cover (foods) with a shiny coating by applying beaten egg, sugar, etc
5.
(transitive) to make glossy or shiny
6.
when intr, often foll by over. to become or cause to become glassy his eyes were glazing over
noun
7.
(ceramics)
  1. a vitreous or glossy coating
  2. the substance used to produce such a coating
8.
a semitransparent coating applied to a painting to modify the tones
9.
a smooth lustrous finish on a fabric produced by applying various chemicals
10.
something used to give a glossy surface to foods a syrup glaze
Derived Forms
glazed, adjective
glazer, noun
glazy, adjective
Word Origin
C14 glasen, from glasglass
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Word Origin and History for glaze
v.

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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