AskDefine | Define glaze

Dictionary Definition



1 any of various thin shiny (savory or sweet) coatings applied to foods
2 a glossy finish on a fabric
3 coating for fabrics, ceramics, metal, etc.


1 coat with a glaze; "the potter glazed the dishes"
2 become glassy or take on a glass-like appearance; "Her eyes glaze over when she is bored" [syn: glass, glass over, glaze over]
3 furnish with glass; "glass the windows" [syn: glass]
4 coat with something sweet, such as a hard sugar glaze [syn: sugarcoat, candy]

User Contributed Dictionary



From glaer, meaning "amber".


  • /gleɪz/
  • Rhymes with: -eɪz


  1. The vitreous coating of pottery or porcelain; anything used as a coating or color in glazing. See Glaze, v. t., 3.
  2. A smooth coating of ice formed on objects due to the freezing of rain.
  3. Broth reduced by boiling to a gelatinous paste, and spread thinly over braised dishes.
  4. A glazing oven. See Glost oven.


  1. To become glazed or glassy.
  2. In painting, to apply a thin, transparent layer of color.



Extensive Definition

Glaze or glazing is a thin shiny coating, or the act of applying the coating; it may refer to:
In materials or engineering:
  • Architectural glass, a building material typically used as transparent glazing material in the building envelope
  • Ceramic glaze, a vitreous coating to a ceramic material whose primary purposes are decoration or protection
  • Glaze (metallurgy), the often shiny, wear-protective layer of compacted sintered oxide formed on some metals
In structural applications:
  • Glazing, a transparent part of a wall
  • Insulated glazing, a piece of glazing consisting of two or more layers separated by a spacer
In food preparation:
Other examples:
glaze in Danish: Glasur
glaze in German: Glasur
glaze in Persian: لعاب
glaze in Dutch: Glazuur
glaze in Japanese: グレーズ
glaze in Norwegian: Glasur
glaze in Polish: Glazura
glaze in Vietnamese: Men gốm

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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