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glazing

[gley-zing] /ˈgleɪ zɪŋ/
noun
1.
the act of furnishing or fitting with glass; the business or work of a glazier.
2.
panes or sheets of glass set or made to be set in frames, as in windows, doors, or mirrors.
3.
the act of applying a glaze.
4.
the glassy surface of something glazed.
Origin of glazing
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English; see glaze, -ing1
Related forms
self-glazing, adjective

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
1325-75; 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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  • This glazing is quite hard, and breaks up into angular pieces.

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  • Glaze is used for enriching gravies and soups, and for glazing meat.

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  • Its gauzy transparent tenuity is effected by grinding it down after glazing.

    The Ceramic Art Jennie J. Young
  • But her glazing eyes gazed up at Lee, and she was trying to smile.

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  • Her glazing eyes, staring out of death, to shake and bend my soul.

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  • He stood over the ape, staring intently at his glazing eyes.

    The Mind Master Arthur J. Burks
  • Common glazed earthenware should be avoided, either for making or keeping the pickles in, as the glazing usually contains lead.

  • It's laboured breathing and glazing eye showed that it was not far from its end.

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  • Sometimes the ground on one side is of a different colour from that on the other; in any case the glazing is usually simple.

  • The sick woman fixed her glazing eyes on the door, in expectation.

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British Dictionary definitions for glazing

glazing

/ˈɡleɪzɪŋ/
noun
1.
the surface of a glazed object
2.
glass fitted, or to be fitted, in a door, frame, etc

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 glazing

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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