glaze, translucent layer that coats pottery to give the surface a finish or afford a ground for decorative painting. Glazes—transparent, white, or colored—are fired on the clay. Of the various artificial mixtures used for glazes, that for whiteware contains borax and lead, whereas a salt glaze is used for stoneware. No lead is used for porcelain. The coloring agents are oxides of different metals. In the 16th and 17th cent. glazes were also used in painting to enhance the luminosity of oil or tempera colors. Titian and Rembrandt were especially adept at glazing techniques.
glaze, in meteorology: see sleet.
Glaze or glazing is a thin shiny coating, or the act of applying the coating; it may refer to:

In materials or engineering:

  • Architectural glass, a building material typically used as transparent glazing material in the building envelope
  • Ceramic glaze, a vitreous coating to a ceramic material whose primary purposes are decoration or protection
  • Glaze (metallurgy), the often shiny, wear-protective layer of compacted sintered oxide formed on some metals

In structural applications:

  • Glazing, a transparent part of a wall
  • Insulated glazing, a piece of glazing consisting of two or more layers separated by a spacer

In food preparation:

Other examples:

  • Glaze (painting technique), a layer of paint, thinned with a medium, so as to become somewhat transparent
  • Glaze ice, a layer of ice caused by freezing rain
  • Glaze is a material mined in the Pendragon series by D.J. MacHale. It is mined on Denduron. It is a white gem with blue veins, and is very valuable.

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