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1. A vitreous, usually opaque, protective or decorative coating baked on metal, glass, or ceramic ware.
2. An object having such a coating, as in a piece of cloisonné.
3. A coating that dries to a hard glossy finish: nail enamel.
4. A paint that dries to a hard glossy finish.
5. Anatomy The hard, calcareous substance covering the exposed portion of a tooth.
tr.v. e·nam·eled, e·nam·el·ing, e·nam·els or e·nam·elled or e·nam·el·ling
1. To coat, inlay, or decorate with enamel.
2. To give a glossy or brilliant surface to.
3. To adorn with a brightly colored surface.

[From Middle English enamelen, to put on enamel, from Anglo-Norman enamailler : en-, on (from Old French; see en-1) + amail, enamel (from Old French esmail, of Germanic origin; see mel- in Indo-European roots).]

e·nam′el·er, e·nam′el·ist n.
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On a sill by an open window, a jar of autumn leaves breathed the charm of the sweet brown wife, who seated herself in a tiny rattan chair, enameled a cheery red, such as children delight to rock in.
A cloud of dark smoke, as from smoldering ruins, went up toward the sun now bright and gay in the blue, enameled sky.
The adherence test was performed using the simple method developed by Andrews [1962], in which the total work done by a falling sphere onto the enameled sheet surface, until detachment occurs, is calculated.
The technique blends beading and wireworking and uses torch-fired enameled beads for unique creations.
The book's concluding sections present detailed instructions for crafting several different enameled forms.
Dale Reeves Nicholls and Robin Allison's ANTIQUE ENAMELED JEWELRY (0764319914, $49.95) is the first such book to focus just on enameled jewelry from American and European designers at the turn of the 20th century.
Enameled cast iron cookware is a highly functional work of art.
The porcelain enamel plays a vital role both inside and outside the kettles: inside, the enameled interior finish is non-reactive, so it doesn't affect the flavor of water when it's boiled; outside, the porcelain exterior finish resists rusting, chipping, cracking, scratching, and bubbling, keeping the kettles looking like new long after they're purchased.