—v.t. 1. to furnish or fill with glass: to glaze a window. 2. to give a vitreous surface or coating to (a ceramic or the like), as by the application of a substance or by fusion of the body.
3. to cover with a smooth, glossy surface or coating.
4. Cookery.to coat (a food) with sugar, a sugar syrup, or some other glossy, edible substance.
5. Fine Arts.to cover (a painted surface or parts of it) with a thin layer of transparent color in order to modify the tone.
6. to give a glassy surface to, as by polishing.
7. to give a coating of ice to (frozen food) by dipping in water.
8. to grind (cutlery blades) in preparation for finishing.
—v.i. 1. to become glazed or glassy: Their eyes glazed over as the lecturer droned on. 2. (of a grinding wheel) to lose abrasive quality through polishing of the surface from wear.
—n. 1. a smooth, glossy surface or coating.
2. the substance for producing such a coating.
3. Ceram. a. a vitreous layer or coating on a piece of pottery.
b. the substance of which such a layer or coating is made.
4. Fine Arts.a thin layer of transparent color spread over a painted surface.
5. a smooth, lustrous surface on certain fabrics, produced by treating the material with a chemical and calendering.
6. Cookery. a. a substance used to coat a food, esp. sugar or sugar syrup.
b. stock cooked down to a thin paste for applying to the surface of meats.
7. Also called glaze' ice", silver frost, silver thaw, verglas;esp. Brit.,glazed' frost'. a thin coating of ice on terrestrial objects, caused by rain that freezes on impact. Cf. rime1 (def. 1).