Definition of glaze in English:



  • 1Fit panes of glass into (a window or doorframe or similar structure)

    ‘windows can be glazed using laminated glass’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I decided to glaze my greenhouse with fiberglass rather than regular 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.’
    • ‘Standard windows, generally glazed at the factory, come in a great many sizes and shapes, and custom units are limitless.’
    • ‘Black marble steps lead to the front door, part glazed in the rectangular panes that are a signature feature of the property.’
    • ‘The door was glazed and was made of redwood, and when Emma pulled it open, it creaked loudly.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘An iron framework that was glazed with panes of thick glass.’
    • ‘The outer single skin of the thermal flue is glazed with laminated single-paned glass.’
    • ‘All the windows were storm glazed and seven of the windows had their actual stained glass restored.’
    • ‘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 doors of the bookcase, instead of being glazed, have brass trelliswork framed by a double row of Gothic arcading.’
    • ‘Two of the dual glazed windows in my home have become foggy because of condensed moisture between the panes.’
    1. 1.1 Enclose or cover with glass.
      ‘the verandas were glazed in’
      • ‘The sandstone, glass and zinc building includes glazed staircases, landscaped courtyards and a high-level glass bridge.’
      • ‘The long, glazed facade provides uninterrupted views of the track and city skyline beyond.’
      • ‘Upstairs, etched glass light wells diffuse luminance into the restaurant and glazed screens enclose private rooms.’
      • ‘Two three-storey blocks of offices flank a central glazed atrium.’
  • 2Overlay or cover (food, fabric, etc.) with a smooth, shiny coating or finish.

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

    ‘the prospect makes my eyes glaze over with boredom’
    ‘she had that glazed look in her eyes again’
    • ‘Her sharp green eyes were glazed over and not focused as she stared down the wooden table.’
    • ‘I watched his bosom heave, his chest swell and his eyes glaze over.’
    • ‘When performing, her eyes seem to glaze over, creating what seems to be a hypnotic state, both for the performer and the audience.’
    • ‘Lyra's eyes glazed slightly, trying to explain.’
    • ‘Her eyes glazing with tears, Martina stares at him as he walks behind her.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His eyes glaze over when he tells me how he got to to this place.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And if someone else does the arithmetic, most eyes will glaze over before anyone will ever get a chance to understand it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But tell me, are your eyes starting to 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.’
    • ‘Her face was completely dry, her eyes not glossy or glazed with unshed tears.’
    • ‘But frankly, too many facts and figures about corporations make my eyes glaze over and I expect yours would too.’
    • ‘Or is the big bloke still waffling on till your eyes 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.’
    • ‘Their eyes glaze over when you talk to them about the problem.’
    • ‘And a lot of those things that you have mentioned are complicated and they make people's eyes glaze over.’
    • ‘Her voice was firm, almost amused, but her eyes were still slightly glazed over.’
    become glassy, grow expressionless, go blank, be motionless
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  • 1A vitreous substance fused on to the surface of pottery to form a hard, impervious decorative coating.

    • ‘A transparent glaze is applied overall and, finally, the piece is fired again.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Its color is derived primarily from the clay, but can be varied even further with coatings, glazes, and other additives.’
    • ‘My new pots are clay and are finished with a decorative glaze.’
    • ‘As time went by, the invention of glass made jewelry less expensive and glazes became possible that made pottery waterproof.’
    • ‘Later, colorful enamels were added on top of the clear glaze.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Each student may choose no more than two different glazes - this helps to eliminate the problem of runny glazes caused by too-thick coatings.’
    • ‘After the first firing, each layer is taken apart and glazed with a clear glaze.’
    • ‘People learn how to hand decorate a collection of unglazed pottery with water-based glazes.’
    • ‘Light reflections on the ceramic glaze and the lacquer surface emphasize the lustrous qualities of each.’
    • ‘Potters also discovered that the ash could be used to create glazes for ceramic crafts.’
    • ‘They are also made with the potter's wheel as well as glazes and enamels introduced from Spain.’
    • ‘A water coupe, often decorated with a peach-bloom glaze, was a small, precious vessel designed for a scholar's table.’
    • ‘The Sheffield Leadmill was built in 1759 and produced pigments for paint and pottery glazes.’
    • ‘As the glaze melts in firing, it fuses with the decoration, forming a glossy surface that maintains the line quality of the surface decoration.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘After the bisque firing has been completed, the item is ready for glazing - the glaze is made from elements extracted from the Earth.’
    varnish, enamel, lacquer, finish, coating
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    1. 1.1 A smooth, shiny surface formed by glazing.
      ‘the glaze of the white cups’
      • ‘He made a number of vases with opaque white glazes applied over mat green, blue, and white glazes.’
      • ‘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 scabbard was decorated with patterns much similar to that of the hilt, and was enameled in a smooth glaze.’
      • ‘The painted decoration soaks into the white glaze.’
    2. 1.2Art A thin topcoat of transparent paint used to modify the tone of an underlying color.
      • ‘Apply the crackle glaze at the thickness that worked best for you when you did your test samples.’
      • ‘I sometimes use liquid matt glazes and sometimes use gloss glazes.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When used in media such as egg tempera these pigments are insufficiently transparent to make true glazes.’
  • 2A liquid such as milk or beaten egg used to form a smooth, shiny coating on food.

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

    • ‘Today there's a glaze of ice underneath most sections and a fresh inch or so of snow on top.’
    • ‘There may be a thin glaze of ice where water is standing.’
    • ‘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.’


Late Middle English glase, from glass.