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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    type of:
    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
    synonyms: 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”
    synonyms: glass, glass over, glaze over
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    type of:
    undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
  7. verb
    furnish with glass
    synonyms: 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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