A thin, glassy coating or finish.
--Paintings: Glaze is a thin film of transparent to semitransparent color added to change tonality. Glazes may be composed of diluted oil or oil/resin paint. A glaze usually refers to a darker color (e.g., brown Vandyke brown) applied over a lighter underlayer.
--Ceramics: Glaze is a thin, vitreous, opaque coating fired on the surface of a ceramic body to add color, texture, and water resistance. Ceramic glazes are usually mixtures of silicates, lead compounds, and acid boric acid flux.
--Textiles and paper: Glaze is a highly polished finish obtained by treating the fabric or paper with starch, glue, wax, or resin synthetic resins, then heat-pressing. Chintz fabric, leathers, and many decorative papers are glazed.
Synonyms and Related Terms
glazing; glaure (Fr.); veladura (Esp., Port.)
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