Definition of glaze in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Fit panes of glass into (a window or doorframe or similar structure)

    ‘windows can be glazed using laminated glass’
    • ‘The door was glazed and was made of redwood, and when Emma pulled it open, it creaked loudly.’
    • ‘The doors of the bookcase, instead of being glazed, have brass trelliswork framed by a double row of Gothic arcading.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Two of the dual glazed windows in my home have become foggy because of condensed moisture between the panes.’
    • ‘All the windows were storm glazed and seven of the windows had their actual stained glass restored.’
    • ‘The outer single skin of the thermal flue is glazed with laminated single-paned glass.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A central walk-in shower cubicle with a hardwood glazed door is flanked by a white Heritage wash basin.’
    • ‘An iron framework that was glazed with panes of thick glass.’
    • ‘I decided to glaze my greenhouse with fiberglass rather than regular glass.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Black marble steps lead to the front door, part glazed in the rectangular panes that are a signature feature of the property.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 Enclose or cover with glass.
      ‘the verandas were glazed in’
      • ‘Upstairs, etched glass light wells diffuse luminance into the restaurant and glazed screens enclose private rooms.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 that had been glazed in mint-flavored butter’
    • ‘I ordered a chocolate cappuccino and a dozen glazed donuts.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Her lips were glazed with a sugary lip-gloss, and pink eyeliner highlighted her hazel eyes.’
    • ‘When glazed on both sides, the casserole is meant for oven cooking only.’
    • ‘Mia scampered off into the kitchen and came back with some scones with honey butter glazed on them.’
    • ‘After an all-day epic you wouldn't be crazy enough to stuff 10 glazed doughnuts into your mouth.’
    • ‘He also glazes them with ghee (clarified butter) during cooking to keep them soft.’
    • ‘I grab a chocolate glazed doughnut and sit with it and my coffee at the counter.’
    • ‘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 Indian navy has salvaged canons, porcelain and brown glazed pottery among other things.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Saute over high heat until vegetables are cooked through and glazed with butter.’
    • ‘Over the last five years he has explored the possibilities of hand-built, richly glazed ceramic sculpture.’
    • ‘The second evening will involve painting and glazing the pottery piece.’
    • ‘The safest option is a glazed ceramic pot that has been fired at a high temperature.’
    • ‘Place in a hot oven for a few minutes to heat them through and then put under a hot grill to glaze the sugar.’
    • ‘Once dry, goblets and bowls were glazed, fired and ready for use.’
    • ‘Pork loin glazed with sweet honey, carrots, potatoes and salted herring.’
    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’
    • ‘Her eyes glazing with tears, Martina stares at him as he walks behind her.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His eyes glaze over when he tells me how he got to to this place.’
    • ‘But frankly, too many facts and figures about corporations make my eyes glaze over and I expect yours would too.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But tell me, are your eyes starting to glaze over?’
    • ‘Her voice was firm, almost amused, but her eyes were still slightly glazed over.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Or is the big bloke still waffling on till your 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Her face was completely dry, her eyes not glossy or glazed with unshed tears.’
    • ‘Lyra's eyes glazed slightly, trying to explain.’
    • ‘And a lot of those things that you have mentioned are complicated and they make people's eyes glaze 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 an impervious decorative coating.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They are also made with the potter's wheel as well as glazes and enamels introduced from Spain.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Sheffield Leadmill was built in 1759 and produced pigments for paint and pottery glazes.’
    • ‘My new pots are clay and are finished with a decorative glaze.’
    • ‘Later, colorful enamels were added on top of the clear glaze.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As the glaze melts in firing, it fuses with the decoration, forming a glossy surface that maintains the line quality of the surface decoration.’
    • ‘Light reflections on the ceramic glaze and the lacquer surface emphasize the lustrous qualities of each.’
    • ‘People learn how to hand decorate a collection of unglazed pottery with water-based glazes.’
    • ‘Its color is derived primarily from the clay, but can be varied even further with coatings, glazes, and other additives.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A water coupe, often decorated with a peach-bloom glaze, was a small, precious vessel designed for a scholar's table.’
    • ‘Potters also discovered that the ash could be used to create glazes for ceramic crafts.’
    • ‘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.’
    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.
      • ‘I use wax to then apply a gloss glaze over an area in a different manner.’
      • ‘Apply the crackle glaze at the thickness that worked best for you when you did your test samples.’
      • ‘When used in media such as egg tempera these pigments are insufficiently transparent to make true glazes.’
      • ‘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.

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’


Late Middle English glase, from glass.