The glaze on a doughnut is the thin sweet coating that makes your fingers sticky. The glaze on a coffee table is the shiny coating that makes it glossy. The glaze on your friend’s eyes as you talk is a sign that maybe you’re boring her.

Like glass, a glaze is a shiny clear substance so it’s no surprise that they both come from the same root word glas. Objects that have a glaze on them include ceramic pots and doughnuts. If you glaze over something, you’re covering it with a thin clear substance that makes it look polished. If someone says your eyes are starting to glaze over, snap out of it and look alive.

Definitions of glaze
  1. noun

    a coating for ceramics, metal, etc.

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    luster, lustre

    a surface coating for ceramics or porcelain
    type of:

    coating, finish, finishing

    a decorative texture or appearance of a surface (or the substance that gives it that appearance)

  2. noun

    any of various thin shiny (savory or sweet) coatings applied to foods

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    a flavorful addition on top of a dish

  3. noun

    a glossy finish on a fabric

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    type of:

    burnish, gloss, glossiness, polish

    the property of being smooth and shiny

  4. verb

    coat with a glaze

    “the potter
    glazed the dishes”
    glaze the bread with eggwhite”
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    type of:

    coat, surface

    put a coat on; cover the surface of; furnish with a surface

  5. verb

    coat with something sweet, such as a hard sugar glaze

    candy, sugarcoat
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    type of:

    dulcify, dulcorate, edulcorate, sweeten

    make sweeter in taste

  6. verb

    become glassy or take on a glass-like appearance

    “Her eyes
    glaze over when she is bored”
    glass, glass over, glaze over
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    undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one’s or its original nature

  7. verb

    furnish with glass

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    provide with two sheets of glass
    type of:

    furnish, provide, render, supply

    give something useful or necessary to

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