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Definition of "enamel" []

  • A vitreous, usually opaque, protective or decorative coating baked on metal, glass, or ceramic ware. (noun)
  • An object having such a coating, as in a piece of cloisonné. (noun)
  • A coating that dries to a hard glossy finish: nail enamel. (noun)
  • A paint that dries to a hard glossy finish. (noun)
  • Anatomy The hard, calcareous substance covering the exposed portion of a tooth. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "enamel" in a sentence
  • "When this is not applied the filing does not, by destroying what we term the enamel, diminish the whiteness of the teeth; but the use of betel renders them black if pains be not taken to prevent it."
  • "Absolutely thick molar enamel is consistent with large body size estimates and dietary inferences about Gigantopithecus blacki, which focus on tough or fibrous vegetation."
  • "And you get to pick from the popular stainless steel, to the porcelain enamel, stone blend, metal or any other fancy types."