Meaning of ENAMEL in English

ENAMEL

n. & v.

--n.

1. a glasslike opaque or semi-transparent coating on metallic or other hard surfaces for ornament or as a preservative lining.

2 a a smooth hard coating. b a cosmetic simulating this.

3 the hard glossy natural coating over the crown of a tooth.

4 painting done in enamel.

5 poet. a smooth bright surface colouring, verdure, etc.

--v.tr. (enamelled, enamelling; US enameled, enameling)

1. inlay or encrust (a metal etc.) with enamel.

2 portray (figures etc.) with enamel.

3 archaic adorn with varied colours.

Phrases and idioms:

enamel paint a paint that dries to give a smooth hard coat.

Derivatives:

enameller n. enamelwork n.

Etymology: ME f. AF enameler, enamailler (as EN-(1), OF esmail f. Gmc)

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.