Definition of glaze in English:

glaze

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Fit panes of glass into (a window or door frame or similar structure):

    ‘windows can be glazed using laminated glass’
    • ‘Two of the dual glazed windows in my home have become foggy because of condensed moisture between the panes.’
    • ‘On his return he founded the monastery of St Peter at the mouth of the river Wear, importing workmen to build a church of stone and to glaze the windows.’
    • ‘The doors of the bookcase, instead of being glazed, have brass trelliswork framed by a double row of Gothic arcading.’
    • ‘An iron framework that was glazed with panes of thick glass.’
    • ‘All the windows were storm glazed and seven of the windows had their actual stained glass restored.’
    • ‘Standard windows, generally glazed at the factory, come in a great many sizes and shapes, and custom units are limitless.’
    • ‘The windows were glazed, but the glass was so distorted they let light pass but it was impossible to actually see anything through them, from the inside or the outside.’
    • ‘I decided to glaze my greenhouse with fiberglass rather than regular glass.’
    • ‘Zelda built an extremely elaborate doll's house for Scottie, which she painted, wallpapered, and furnished, even going so far as to glaze the windows.’
    • ‘Black marble steps lead to the front door, part glazed in the rectangular panes that are a signature feature of the property.’
    • ‘I hope to have the old frames out by tomorrow lunch time and the window frames built and glazed sometime tomorrow evening before it gets dark.’
    • ‘A central walk-in shower cubicle with a hardwood glazed door is flanked by a white Heritage wash basin.’
    • ‘The outer single skin of the thermal flue is glazed with laminated single-paned glass.’
    • ‘I hope I can be there to see him on the morning he swoops in great blackness to re-enter his new palace and discovers that the window has been glazed.’
    • ‘The door was glazed and was made of redwood, and when Emma pulled it open, it creaked loudly.’
    1. 1.1 Enclose or cover with glass:
      ‘the verandas were glazed in’
      • ‘The long, glazed facade provides uninterrupted views of the track and city skyline beyond.’
      • ‘Two three-storey blocks of offices flank a central glazed atrium.’
      • ‘Upstairs, etched glass light wells diffuse luminance into the restaurant and glazed screens enclose private rooms.’
      • ‘The sandstone, glass and zinc building includes glazed staircases, landscaped courtyards and a high-level glass bridge.’
  • 2Overlay or cover (food, fabric, etc.) with a smooth, shiny coating or finish:

    ‘new potatoes which had been glazed in mint-flavoured butter’
    • ‘Pork loin glazed with sweet honey, carrots, potatoes and salted herring.’
    • ‘The second evening will involve painting and glazing the pottery piece.’
    • ‘The Indian navy has salvaged canons, porcelain and brown glazed pottery among other things.’
    • ‘What you expect are plump oysters, set on cushion of fresh, blanched spinach, napped with a buttery emulsion and flashed under the grill, just enough to cook the oyster and glaze the sauce.’
    • ‘The safest option is a glazed ceramic pot that has been fired at a high temperature.’
    • ‘After an all-day epic you wouldn't be crazy enough to stuff 10 glazed doughnuts into your mouth.’
    • ‘Saute over high heat until vegetables are cooked through and glazed with butter.’
    • ‘Once dry, goblets and bowls were glazed, fired and ready for use.’
    • ‘I ordered a chocolate cappuccino and a dozen glazed donuts.’
    • ‘I grab a chocolate glazed doughnut and sit with it and my coffee at the counter.’
    • ‘Place in a hot oven for a few minutes to heat them through and then put under a hot grill to glaze the sugar.’
    • ‘Both glazed and unglazed terra-cotta pottery pieces are sold in markets.’
    • ‘Mia scampered off into the kitchen and came back with some scones with honey butter glazed on them.’
    • ‘Her lips were glazed with a sugary lip-gloss, and pink eyeliner highlighted her hazel eyes.’
    • ‘He also glazes them with ghee (clarified butter) during cooking to keep them soft.’
    • ‘Over the last five years he has explored the possibilities of hand-built, richly glazed ceramic sculpture.’
    • ‘The crockery is fired and glazed earthenware and the cutlery an inexpensive style.’
    • ‘The kiln that glazed them must have been the size of a bus.’
    • ‘When glazed on both sides, the casserole is meant for oven cooking only.’
    • ‘Mango pudding made from fresh mangos was my favourite, while the barbecued pork with honey glazing uses the tender meat at the neck rather than the traditional ribs.’
    cover, coat
    varnish, enamel, lacquer, japan, shellac, paint, coat
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  • 3[no object] Lose brightness and animation:

    ‘the prospect makes my eyes glaze over with boredom’
    ‘she had a glazed look in her eyes’
    • ‘When performing, her eyes seem to glaze over, creating what seems to be a hypnotic state, both for the performer and the audience.’
    • ‘I don't know, as I sat and listened to this particular woman share horror story after horror story, my eyes began to glaze over and I felt my soul leave my body.’
    • ‘Her face was completely dry, her eyes not glossy or glazed with unshed tears.’
    • ‘Before your eyes glaze over and you run screaming to the mall, $4.50 latte in hand, think for a moment about how you will pay your bills when your career ends.’
    • ‘Last night I was reminded once again that despite my best intentions, political discussions make my eyes glaze over like two yummy little doughnut holes.’
    • ‘Or is the big bloke still waffling on till your eyes glaze over?’
    • ‘Her sharp green eyes were glazed over and not focused as she stared down the wooden table.’
    • ‘And a lot of those things that you have mentioned are complicated and they make people's eyes glaze over.’
    • ‘I watched his bosom heave, his chest swell and his eyes glaze over.’
    • ‘Here, my eyes would glaze over as I flash backed to the summer I spent putting little purple microdot tabs of mescaline in my mouth, waiting for that hallucinatory high.’
    • ‘Her eyes glazing with tears, Martina stares at him as he walks behind her.’
    • ‘And if someone else does the arithmetic, most eyes will glaze over before anyone will ever get a chance to understand it.’
    • ‘Their eyes glaze over when you talk to them about the problem.’
    • ‘But frankly, too many facts and figures about corporations make my eyes glaze over and I expect yours would too.’
    • ‘Her voice was firm, almost amused, but her eyes were still slightly glazed over.’
    • ‘His eyes glaze over when he tells me how he got to to this place.’
    • ‘But tell me, are your eyes starting to glaze over?’
    • ‘Today I made a big pot of corn and tomato stew and think I'll sit inside, watch the clouds and read magazines until my eyes glaze over.’
    • ‘Then other Web sites started saying, there were discrepancies between the fonts and the way these were used, and stuff that would make your eyes glaze over.’
    • ‘Lyra's eyes glazed slightly, trying to explain.’
    become glassy, grow expressionless, go blank, be motionless
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noun

  • 1A vitreous substance fused on to the surface of pottery to form an impervious decorative coating.

    • ‘The Sheffield Leadmill was built in 1759 and produced pigments for paint and pottery glazes.’
    • ‘Faience is a glass-like material, made by heating a paste consisting of sand or crushed quartz, an alkali such as plant ash, and a glaze, until vitrification occurs.’
    • ‘As the glaze melts in firing, it fuses with the decoration, forming a glossy surface that maintains the line quality of the surface decoration.’
    • ‘My new pots are clay and are finished with a decorative glaze.’
    • ‘Its color is derived primarily from the clay, but can be varied even further with coatings, glazes, and other additives.’
    • ‘They are also made with the potter's wheel as well as glazes and enamels introduced from Spain.’
    • ‘Potters also discovered that the ash could be used to create glazes for ceramic crafts.’
    • ‘After the bisque firing has been completed, the item is ready for glazing - the glaze is made from elements extracted from the Earth.’
    • ‘As time went by, the invention of glass made jewelry less expensive and glazes became possible that made pottery waterproof.’
    • ‘Strontium sulfate is sometimes used to produce iridescence in glass and pottery glazes, and can also be used as a fining agent (to remove bubbles in the molten glass) in crystal glass.’
    • ‘People learn how to hand decorate a collection of unglazed pottery with water-based glazes.’
    • ‘A water coupe, often decorated with a peach-bloom glaze, was a small, precious vessel designed for a scholar's table.’
    • ‘A transparent glaze is applied overall and, finally, the piece is fired again.’
    • ‘After the first firing, each layer is taken apart and glazed with a clear glaze.’
    • ‘Each student may choose no more than two different glazes - this helps to eliminate the problem of runny glazes caused by too-thick coatings.’
    • ‘Light reflections on the ceramic glaze and the lacquer surface emphasize the lustrous qualities of each.’
    • ‘At the same time, Iraqi potters developed luster glazes by adding metallic elements to the surface of the glazed piece before a second firing in the kiln.’
    • ‘For upper grades, students may want to try to mix their own ash glazes and test fire on pieces of pottery in their school's kiln, if the school has one.’
    • ‘Later, colorful enamels were added on top of the clear glaze.’
    varnish, enamel, lacquer, finish, coating
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    1. 1.1 A smooth, shiny surface formed on pottery by glazing:
      ‘the glaze of the white cups’
      • ‘It had a smiley face, garish colors, a bright glaze - 40s or 50s kitsch.’
      • ‘It is then fabric-painted and polished to give it a glaze before being fixed on the base object.’
      • ‘The painted decoration soaks into the white glaze.’
      • ‘He made a number of vases with opaque white glazes applied over mat green, blue, and white glazes.’
      • ‘The scabbard was decorated with patterns much similar to that of the hilt, and was enameled in a smooth glaze.’
    2. 1.2Art A thin topcoat of transparent paint used to modify the tone of an underlying colour.
      • ‘When used in media such as egg tempera these pigments are insufficiently transparent to make true glazes.’
      • ‘Apply the crackle glaze at the thickness that worked best for you when you did your test samples.’
      • ‘I use wax to then apply a gloss glaze over an area in a different manner.’
      • ‘He drew with his brush in transparent glaze and build up form with multiple stokes.’
      • ‘I sometimes use liquid matt glazes and sometimes use gloss glazes.’
  • 2A liquid such as milk or beaten egg used to form a smooth, shiny coating on food:

    ‘brush the cake with an apricot glaze’
    • ‘They are a traditional ring doughnut with a wafer thin sugar glaze.’
    • ‘They tasted like glue and the honey glaze was too hard I nearly lost a tooth.’
    • ‘Spoon the vinaigrette in between the saffron glaze border and the tuna.’
    • ‘A sweet, tangy soy glaze will please even people who aren't crazy about fish.’
    • ‘Wacky Pennies are made of a delicious South American imitation chocolate with a fine brownish sugar glaze.’
    • ‘Lobster bisque is solid, but the lobster roll is mushy, gaining zippola from a pepper glaze.’
    • ‘Fold in the egg whites, apricot glaze, food coloring and mint extract.’
    • ‘Raise the heat a little, stirring until the liquid evaporates away leaving a silky glaze.’
    • ‘For the glaze: whisk the egg, yolk, water, and salt together, then brush the surfaces.’
    • ‘Use a spoon to spread a little glaze on each bun, in the shape of a cross.’
    • ‘Succulent beef was grilled and marinated in a spicy glaze then tossed with hot chilies, fresh cilantro leaves, and cooling slices of cucumbers.’
    • ‘Fold in the egg whites and apricot glaze and fold until just combined.’
    • ‘Two light coats of egg wash or milk and oil glaze are better than one heavy coat.’
    • ‘But ultimately, they tasted like baked donuts with an apple glaze.’
    • ‘And I was impressed enough to pick up a jar of Cabernet wine jelly, which I hope to use as a glaze on some lamb.’
    • ‘Brush the glaze over each filet one minute before cooking is through.’
    • ‘In a small skillet, melt remaining butter; add carrots and chicken stock and cook until liquid in pan has reduced to a glaze.’
    • ‘If desired, drizzle with icing sugar glaze.’
    • ‘Their screams are a honey glaze like you might find pooling beneath a baklava.’
    • ‘I'm struggling with what to use as cake topping: chocolate glaze?’
    coating, topping
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  • 3North American A thin, glassy coating of ice on the ground or water.

    • ‘Today there's a glaze of ice underneath most sections and a fresh inch or so of snow on top.’
    • ‘After about a mile I kinked down to cross the Seven where there's a good, arched bridge and where the river, flowing through fields of virgin snow, was trimmed with a glaze of grey translucent ice.’
    • ‘There may be a thin glaze of ice where water is standing.’

Origin

Late Middle English glase, from glass.

Pronunciation

glaze

/ɡleɪz/