What does enamel mean?

Definitions for enamel
ɪˈnæm əlenam·el

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. enamel, tooth enamelnoun

    hard white substance covering the crown of a tooth

  2. enamelnoun

    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. enamelnoun

    a paint that dries to a hard glossy finish

  4. enamelverb

    any smooth glossy coating that resembles ceramic glaze

  5. enamelverb

    coat, inlay, or surface with enamel


  1. enamelnoun

    An opaque, glassy coating baked onto metal or ceramic objects.

  2. enamelnoun

    A coating that dries to a hard, glossy finish.

  3. enamelnoun

    The hard covering on the exposed part of a tooth.

  4. enamelverb

    to coat or decorate something with enamel

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Enamelnoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Down from her eyes welled the pearles round,
    Upon the bright enamel of her face;
    Such honey drops on springing flowers are found,
    When Phœbus holds the crimson morn in chace. Edward Fairfax.

    There are various sorts of coloured glasses, pastes, enamels, and factitious gems. John Woodward, on Fossils.

  2. To Enamelverb

    Etymology: from amel.

    Must I, alas!
    Frame and enamel plate, and drink in glass? John Donne.

    See Pan with flocks, with fruits Pomona crown’d;
    Here blushing Flora paints th’ enamell’d ground. Alexander Pope.

    I bequeath to the earl of Orrery the enamelled silver plates, to distinguish bottles of wine by. Jonathan Swift, last Will.

    Higher than that wall, a circling row
    Of goodliest trees, loaden with fairest fruit,
    Blossoms, and fruits at once of golden hue,
    Appear’d with gay enamel’d colours mix’d. John Milton, Pa. Lost.

  3. To Enamelverb

    To practise the use of enamel.

    Though it were foolish to colour or enamel upon the glasses of telescopes, yet to gild the tubes of them may render them more acceptable to the users, without lessening the clearness of the object. Boyle.


  1. enamel

    Enamel is the hard, protective, outer coating covering the crowns of teeth in mammals. It is the hardest substance in the human body and helps to prevent tooth decay. In a broader sense, enamel can also refer to a type of glossy, hard-painted finish used for surfaces such as pottery, metal, or glass.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Enamelverb

    a variety of glass, used in ornament, to cover a surface, as of metal or pottery, and admitting of after decoration in color, or used itself for inlaying or application in varied colors

  2. Enamelverb

    a glassy, opaque bead obtained by the blowpipe

  3. Enamelverb

    that which is enameled; also, any smooth, glossy surface, resembling enamel, especially if variegated

  4. Enamelverb

    the intensely hard calcified tissue entering into the composition of teeth. It merely covers the exposed parts of the teeth of man, but in many animals is intermixed in various ways with the dentine and cement

  5. Enamelverb

    to lay enamel upon; to decorate with enamel whether inlaid or painted

  6. Enamelverb

    to variegate with colors as if with enamel

  7. Enamelverb

    to form a glossy surface like enamel upon; as, to enamel card paper; to enamel leather or cloth

  8. Enamelverb

    to disguise with cosmetics, as a woman's complexion

  9. Enamelverb

    to practice the art of enameling

  10. Enameladjective

    relating to the art of enameling; as, enamel painting

  11. Etymology: [Pref. en- + amel. See Amel, Smelt, v. t.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Enamel

    en-am′el, n. the name given to vitrified substances applied chiefly to the surface of metals: any smooth hard coating, esp. that of the teeth: anything enamelled.—v.t. to coat with or paint in enamel: to form a glossy surface upon, like enamel:—pr.p. enam′elling; pa.p. enam′elled.adj. En-am′ellar.—ns. Enam′eller, Enam′ellist; Enam′elling. [O. Fr. enameleren, in, esmail, enamel. Cf. Eng. Smelt, Melt.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Enamel

    a vitreous compound, easily fusible, and coloured in various tints by the admixture of different metallic oxides; is fused to the surface of metals for utility and ornament; was known to the European and Asiatic ancients, and has maintained its popularity to the present day. Various schools have been formed, of which the Byzantine, Rhenish, and Limoges are the most noted.

Editors Contribution

  1. enamel

    A form of matter within a tooth.

    Enamel on our teeth is important.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 22, 2020  

  2. enamel

    A type of material.

    Enamel is used to cover pottery, baths, sinks, cladding for houses etc.

    Submitted by MaryC on July 21, 2015  

Anagrams for enamel »

  1. manele

  2. melena

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of enamel in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of enamel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of enamel in a Sentence

  1. Jeff Wright:

    We've just found a way to make that a much faster process. Driving healthy calcium and phosphate minerals into your enamel, and through a natural process it will bind on and add to the enamel that's there.

  2. Matthew Messina:

    The bacteria metabolize sugars, and the byproduct of that is acid, acid bathing the teeth is what dissolves away the enamel — the hard outer covering of the tooth — and that's what causes cavities.

  3. Christophe Snoeck:

    Cremation destroys all organic matter [ including DNA ] but all the inorganic matter survives and we know, from the study of tooth enamel, that there is a huge amount of information contained in the inorganic fraction of human remains.

  4. Yexue Li:

    The enamel on the vase is special because it uses yangcai (foreign) enamels on a yellow ground a special color traditionally reserved for the emperor, its a high-quality vase because it was court commissioned, so it would have been of a high value when it was made. It is very exciting, and weve had a lot of interest already.

  5. Rhonda Kalasho:

    This acidity weakens enamel making it a lot more prone to staining, tooth decay and breakage.

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