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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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(ɪˈnæməlɪŋ) or


1. (Art Terms) the art or process of decorating something such as jewellery in enamel
2. (Art Terms) the decoration produced in this way
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enameling (US) [ɪˈnæməlɪŋ] Nesmaltado m
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[ɪˈnæməlɪŋ] (British) enameling [ɪˈnæməlɪŋ] (US) n
(= process) → émaillage m
(= art) → émaillerie fenamel paint npeinture f laquée
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References in classic literature ?
There never was such rich enamelling on such thin gold; and what a good scheme to hang the lid up over it, so that you can see how thin it is.
Brother Luke hath given me some skill in damask work, and in the enamelling of shrines, tabernacles, diptychs and triptychs.
The English craft of enamelling on copper flourished during the 18th century and by the 1830s it had almost disappeared.
Enamelling dates back more than 3,000 years, but the champleve technique perfected by the workshops of medieval Limoges gave rise to the finest examples of the art, with the first collectors recorded in the early 19th century